The Settlement Remains of Sanxingdui -- A Preliminary Study of Chronology and Site Development

Author(s): Ran Honglin

Year: 2015


From its initial discovery in 1929, much research has been conducted on the site of Sanxingdui, making it the most famous and most important Bronze Age site in all of Sichuan if not Southwest China. While the sacrificial pits with their singular bronze objects have already been discussed in great detail by many scholars, the settlement of Sanxingdui, its structure and development are still poorly understood. Based on a consideration of the stratigraphic sequence and comparative analysis of the content of the various layers, this paper argues that considerable changes took place throughout the development of the site, especially between Phases I and II and also between Phases III and IV. Considering the limited amount of published material currently available, this paper cannot completely solve the issue of the chronology and development of the settlement of Sanxingdui, but it points out some of the major unresolved issues and suggests potential avenues for further research.

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The Settlement Remains of Sanxingdui -- A Preliminary Study of Chronology and Site Development. Ran Honglin. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395838)

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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;