Jinsha (archaeological site)

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Jinsha culture
c. 1250 BC–c. 650 BC
Capital Jinsha
Government Not specified
 •  Established c. 1250 BC
 •  Disestablished c. 650 BC
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Shu (state)

Jinsha (Chinese金沙, p Jīnshā) is an archaeological site in China's Sichuan province. The site is located in the Qingyang District of Chengdu Prefecture, along the Modi River (摸底河). It was named for a nearby street,[1] itself named after the Jinsha River.

The Jinsha site was accidentally discovered in February 2001 during real estate construction. Located about 50 km away from Sanxingdui, the site flourished around 1000 BC and shares similarities in burial objects with the Sanxingdui site. Ivory, jade artifacts, bronze objects, gold objects and carved stone objects were found at the site. Unlike the site at Sanxingdui, Jinsha did not have a city wall. Jinsha culture (1200–650 BC) was a final phase of Sanxingdui culture and represents a relocation of the political center in the ancient Shu Kingdom.[2] The city was built on the banks of the Modi River.

In 2013, History Channel Asia, in co-production with China International Communication Center (CICC), produced a one-hour, English-language documentary "The Lost City of Jinsha" hosted by the Chinese-American archaeologist Dr. Agnes Hsu. The film is the first episode in the documentary series Mysteries of China that has received wide acclaim.[3]


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  1. ^ Monuments of China: "Jinsha Archaeological Site". Accessed 15 August 2013.
  2. ^ Yinke, Deng; Martha Avery; Yue Pan (2001). History of China. 五洲传播出版社. p. 171. ISBN 7-5085-1098-4. 
  3. ^ http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/winners/2014/pieces.php?iid=461301&pid=1

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Coordinates: 30°41′0″N 104°0′39″E / 30.68333°N 104.01083°E / 30.68333; 104.01083