Archaeology Ancient Cooking Vessel

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  1. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    A farmer in the northwest China province of Shaanxi recently unearthed in his own courtyard a bronze cooking vessel that was believed to date back nearly 3,000 years.

    The antique, 80 centimeters tall, 55 kilograms in weight and with designs of "taotie" -- a mythical ferocious animal -- on its neck, was discovered by Luo Fushe, a villager in Wugong county on the outskirts of Xianyang city, close to the provincial capital Xi'an.

    Cultural heritage workers later unearthed stone axes, grinders,bricks, antlers, animal bones and pieces of pottery from Luo's courtyard, which experts believe was already a fixed abode for Chinese forefathers in the Western Zhou Dynasty (11 cent.-771 BC) in the remote periods of history.

    Luo was awarded 5,000 yuan (602 US dollars) by the local cultural heritage administration for reporting the discovery.