Jinsha Archaeological Site and Museum

The archeological site of Jinsha located in the western suburbs of Chengdu, the capital city ofSichuan Province, is widely believed to have been the capital of the Shu Kingdom close to 3,000 years ago. After some burial grounds and sacrifice emplacements were recently discovered, a renewed effort was made to excavate Jinsha. This vigor has now revealed the outlines of the cemetery, living areas, palace remains and sacrifice grounds.

Lying only 50 kilometers away from the famed Sanxingdui, Jinsha rose to prominence around 1000 BC and shared similar origins with Sanxingdui as can be seen from similar burial objects although unlike its hallowed neighbor, Jinsha had no city wall. So far, artifacts made from ivory, jade, bronze, gold and stone have been found at the site.

Sanxingdui flourished from 3000 BC to about 800 BC, markedly earlier than Jinsha culture. Due to this, some historians have theorized that Jinsha’s culture and influence succeeded Sanxingdui’s after the latter was brought low by natural disasters. http://www.china.org.cn

It is the annual Sun Festival at Jinsha.

Map of Chengdu showing the location of the site. It’s on the far west a little north of center. It’s the big red dot. We leave south of the city just south of the second ring road and west of the main north-south road.

Buried tree

The ceiling in part of the museum.

Pile of pottery sherds

Antlers and pig tusks


Food Stalls

Live performances all day

Musical performance. It was absolutely wonderful. We dubbed the guy on the left “Prince Charming”. He can sing to me anytime.


~ by Sara on January 30, 2009.

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