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In addition to the curious and striking object, Chinese archaeologists found a ceramic plate with the carved figures of a phoenix and a dragon, symbolizing good fortune.
A clay figure dating back about 3,200 years recently discovered by archaeologists in China has stolen the Network attention. And not precisely because of its age or historical importance, but because resembles the pig from the popular video game ‘Angry Birds’.
The piece is the size of a fist and effectively depicts a pig. According to experts, it is a "beautiful, realistic and delicate" sample of the advanced aesthetic standards of the prehistoric inhabitants of the region. It was unearthed from an archaeological site where a small and ancient settlement existed, on the outskirts of the city of Guanghan, in the province of Sichuan.
The results of the excavation were announced this week, according to the Sichuan Department of Culture and Tourism, which shared images of some of the objects found. Shortly after the news, Chinese social media users were quick to link the curious object with the animated character.
In addition to the curious and striking pig, the experts found other objects, including a ceramic plate carved with the figure of a phoenix and a dragon, symbolizing good fortune.
The small tribe probably originated about 5,000 years ago and lived very close to Sanxingdui, an archaeological site of an ancient city whose culture existed in the Bronze Age.
The research team claims to have discovered traces of human activity in that area of such antiquity and up to the appearance of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties.
Archaeologists plan to excavate 7,000 square meters of the site; at the end of June some 4,500 square meters had already been studied.