via Washington Post, 11 May 2021: An article about the relative lack of western attention to the discoveries at Sanxingdui in Sichuan, China, which in some ways upend the traditional Chinese narrative of the past.
The lavish coverage of the Aten dig contrasted with the lack of attention given in the United States, two weeks before, to a stunning new set of discoveries, dating to about 1,200 B.C. at the site of Sanxingdui in Sichuan province, China, near Chengdu. There archaeologists unearthed more than 500 objects, including a large gold mask, ivory, bronzes and remnants of silk — with more coming. The ivory finds include whole tusks of Asian elephants — evidence of tribute brought to the Sanxingdui leaders from across the Sichuan region — and anthropomorphic bronze sculptures distinct from other contemporary East Asian bronzes (which were primarily ritual vessels and weapons).