6 Sichuan ruins to apply for National Archaeological Site Parks

15:18, October 25, 2010      

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According to Chengdu Evening Paper, six ancient sites in Sichuan Province will apply for being approved as National Archaeological Site Parks successively.

China's State Administration of Cultural Heritage announced the first batch of National Archaeological Site Parks, including Sanxingdui Ruins and Jinsha Ruins in Sichuan Province, on Oct. 11, and urged more cultural sites in the province to apply for the title, including Qiongyao Ruins, Luojiaba Ruins, Baodun Ruins, Mangcheng Ruins, Gucheng Ruins and Yufu Ruins.

Jinsha Ruins becomes National Archaeological Site Park

Among the first 12 National Archaeological Site Parks, Jinsha Park is the smallest one and also the only one located in a downtown area.

"Archaeological Site Park is a kind of popular science park, and it has a bigger conception than a museum," said Wang Yi, the head of the Jinsha Ruins Museum.

He also said visitors in those parks could not only watch the excavations at the site, but even join in simulations.

Six ruins are going to apply for the title successively

Following Jinsha Ruins and Sanxingdui Ruins, Sichuan's Qiongyao Ruins and Luojiaba Ruins have declared their intention to apply for the title in the next batch of national ruins. Also, Baodun Ruins, Mangcheng Ruins, Gucheng Ruins and Yufu Ruins in the province would probably join them successively.

However, Zhu Xiaonan, the vice director of Sichuan's Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage, said they would like to support those applications, but to be hones, those ruins still do not quite meet the national standards.


Qiongyao Ruins are located at Qionglai, Sichuan Province. It was unearthed in 1983 and now has 13 caves.

Luojiaba Ruins are located in Xuanhua County of Sichuan Province. The Luojiaba Culture existed about 4,500 years ago, and it was the cradle of the Sichuan people.

Baodun Ruins, located in Xinjin County of Sichuan Province, was one of the earliest sites where Ancient Shu Culture originated.

Mangcheng Ruins, located in Dujiangyan City of Sichuan Province, was confirmed as an important site of a prehistoric city in 1996.

Gucheng Ruins, located in Pi County of Sichuan Province, was a city that existed about 4,000 years ago and belonged to the late period of the New Stone Age.

Yufu Ruins, located at Wenjiang District of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, is a prehistoric site where Yangtze River Culture originated.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online


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