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The External Connections of Sanxingdui

The External Connections of Sanxingdui © Brill, Leiden 2006 JEAA 5, 1–4 THE EXTERNAL CONNECTIONS OF SANXINGDUI BY LOTHAR von FALKENHAUSEN (UCLA) Abstract An idiosyncratic Bronze Age culture, thought to be roughly contemporaneous with the Late Shang (ca. 1300–1050 BC) in the Yellow River Basin, has recently been dis- covered in the Chengdu Plain 成都平原 . The large walled settlement at the type site of Sanxingdui, Guanghan (Sichuan) 四川廣漢三星堆 and its highly developed bronze and jade manufacturing traditions indicate the presence of state-level civilization. This article attempts to clarify some of the relationships to the Sanxingdui culture to earlier, contemporaneous, and later archaeological cultures in the surrounding areas. Objects from the so-called “sacrificial pits” at Sanxingdui and at the slightly later site of Jinsha, Chengdu (Sichuan) 四川成都金沙 are compared to archaeological finds from other parts of China, revealing significant connections to Neolithic and Early Bronze Age cultures along the Middle and Lower Yangzi as well as in the Central Plain, and showing that, for all its unusual features, Bronze Age Sichuan was by no means isolated in the cultural interaction sphere of mainland East Asia. Moreover, it can now be shown that Sanxing- dui traits survived in later archaeological contexts, mainly in Southwest http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of East Asian Archaeology Brill

The External Connections of Sanxingdui

Journal of East Asian Archaeology , Volume 5 (1): 191 – Jan 1, 2003

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Brill
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© 2003 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1387-6813
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1568-5233
DOI
10.1163/156852303776172980
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Abstract

© Brill, Leiden 2006 JEAA 5, 1–4 THE EXTERNAL CONNECTIONS OF SANXINGDUI BY LOTHAR von FALKENHAUSEN (UCLA) Abstract An idiosyncratic Bronze Age culture, thought to be roughly contemporaneous with the Late Shang (ca. 1300–1050 BC) in the Yellow River Basin, has recently been dis- covered in the Chengdu Plain 成都平原 . The large walled settlement at the type site of Sanxingdui, Guanghan (Sichuan) 四川廣漢三星堆 and its highly developed bronze and jade manufacturing traditions indicate the presence of state-level civilization. This article attempts to clarify some of the relationships to the Sanxingdui culture to earlier, contemporaneous, and later archaeological cultures in the surrounding areas. Objects from the so-called “sacrificial pits” at Sanxingdui and at the slightly later site of Jinsha, Chengdu (Sichuan) 四川成都金沙 are compared to archaeological finds from other parts of China, revealing significant connections to Neolithic and Early Bronze Age cultures along the Middle and Lower Yangzi as well as in the Central Plain, and showing that, for all its unusual features, Bronze Age Sichuan was by no means isolated in the cultural interaction sphere of mainland East Asia. Moreover, it can now be shown that Sanxing- dui traits survived in later archaeological contexts, mainly in Southwest

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Journal of East Asian ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2003

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