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This 3000-year-old Chinese Civilization Had Alien Masks!

In 1986 a startling discovery was made in Sichuan Province, southwest China: two sacrificial pits filled with strange bronze masks, a divine tree meant to connect Heaven and Earth, and a life-sized statue of an enigmatic shaman king. They belonged to a hitherto unknown civilization over 3,000 years old: Sanxingdui.

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Its discovery rocked the archaeological world. How was it possible for such an advanced civilization to flourish in a relatively isolated corner of China? Why did they create such wonderful, alien works of art? How did they learn to create bronzeware more advanced than that of ancient Egypt? And most importantly, who were they?

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This 3000-year-old Chinese Civilization Had Alien Masks!

Transcript

This episode of travel. I'm on the hunt for one of China's great the lost civilization. Well see had to head the big words I know but hear me out in order to uncover the past. I'm heading to the present day capital of the province Chandu and the nearby city of Guam. Our story begins nurtured by the third. How to handle claims for millennia. This area has been a sense of human activity but it wasn't until recently that archaeologists discovered something incredible. The remains of some of these ancient every story has a humble beginning and ours takes us back to 1929 when a farmer digging a ditch stumbled upon a remarkable cache of jade and stone US experts would identify the sites as belonging to a city more than 3000 years old. Sensing today Eliya Hilik marks a site where in 1986 archaeologists made another startling discovery inside two sacrificial pits. They found a treasure trove of jade bronze and gold. They were particularly struck by dozens of cost bronze faces some of the size of a small car they'd been made to the complexity and style. Never before seen in China. Found the bronze age city of sensing the enigmatic and menacing thing that you name over that time in an amazing time. They found their when they excavated the sacrificial pits found that many of the items inside had been deliberately burnt some recognition which begs the question why. I had another mine beneath my feet. They reduce that challenge to understanding was the bronze age in China buried here were artifacts that were more refined than anything previously found anywhere in the country.

But where did dissenting people get the resources. I didn't know how to create them. Who's with the Bruhns faces. Why did they look so easy. To solve this mystery would be to redefine the origin of Chinese civilization. North of the excavation site is the museum where I begin my quest Praha my ketone knocking image the oldest archaeological finds in China dates from the Shang dynasty which came to Palat in the second millennium B.C. centered on the Yellow River Valley 1000 kilometres north east. Experts were astonished to discover that another civilization had been flourishing at roughly the same time and this from welcome to one of China's greatest mysteries. Sensing that a displayed inside the museum's two exhibition holds complete collections of the relics and sensing they reveal a previously unknown world filled with seemingly strange police and strange people.