This site has some of the most interesting finds on any continent. The Shu culture had incredible skill at working bronze, and to a lesser extent gold and jade. Some of the bronze work looks like art deco and the sophistication of the designs is amazing. We often found it difficult to think of this being done between 1500-2000 BCE.
The Comprehensive Gallery gives a good overview of the culture and location of Sanxingdui, as well as the range of artisan work that has been found. Some unique pottery forms, beautiful jade work, and the signature high quality bronzes are stunning. The Bronze Gallery is just a triumph of beautiful work and provides interpretation of the figures you see in the artwork. If you go to this site, we strongly recommend you rent the automatic guide. It is certainly worth the $2-3 charged. Commentary is very good, providing insight that is more than the signage.
We have visited archeological sites on four continents and this is certainly in the top ten. It isn't easy to get to Sanxingdui (we took bus), but we found it easy to get a taxi back to Chengdu for about 200RMB ($33). Whatever it takes, it is worth the trip.
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