11BC - 12BC
Sanxingdui (in modern-day Sichuan) was a 'lost civilization', non-Chinese, that was "rediscovered" in the 1980s and 1990s. It was a bronze-age civilization whose remarkable artifacts date back to approximately the 11th and 12th centuries BC (3,200 years ago). It was almost certainly connected to the later bronze age cultures of Yunnan and Myanmar. The ancestors of many of today's people in Myanmar may well have been linked to this still mysterious civilization, as I discuss in my last book. This bronze head is just one of hundreds of amazing bronze, jade and ivory finds from the Sanxingdui site.