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SAN XING DUI ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

SAN XING DUI ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
Guang Han City, China
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BACKGROUND

In 1984, following the discovery of a few bits of jade in an irrigation ditch, excavations near Guang Han City in Sichuan Province uncovered the earthen outer walls of an ancient city dating from the fifth to second millennium B.C. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

World Monuments Fund placed San Xing Dui Archaeological Site on its inaugural Watch in 1996, hoping to draw attention to the need to combat the effects of pollution, development, and harmful industrial activity in Sichuan province. In addition to man-made challenges, flooding had washed away large sections of the city’s earthen boundaries and eroded the archaeological layers. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

When local resident Yan Dao Cheng came across a few jade disks in the soil of his irrigation ditch, neither he nor anyone else could have predicted the scale or importance of his find. San Xing Dui, the ancient city that subsequent excavations uncovered, has transformed what is known about the history of the region as well as the entire field of Chinese archaeology. (...)