China’s Lost Civilization

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Gayle Anderson was live in Santa Ana to see CHINA’S LOST CIVILIZATION: THE MYSTERY OF SANXINGDUI on display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana Sunday, October 19th through Sunday, March 15, 2015. CHINA’S LOST CIVILIZATION includes objects from the discovery termed “the ninth wonder of the world” and acknowledged by many scholars as one of the greatest archaeological finds ever to be unearthed.

During the summer of 1986, construction workers accidentally uncovered more than 200 ancient jades, weapons, burned animal bones, over 60 elephant tusks, monumental bronzes, and a life-sized statue of a nobleman at Sanxingdui, about 24 miles outside of the Sichuan Province capitol of Chengdu. The objects date back to about 1200 BC, a time when it was that the cradle of Chinese civilization existed 745 miles to the northeast on the Yellow River in China’s Central Plain region. This chance discovery has become one of the most important archaelogical finds of the 20th century and has forced scholars to rewrite early Chinese history.

Excavations reveal the remains of a sophisticated culture which excelled in their bronze making abilities. The Sanxingdui culture left no written record or human remains and appears to have existed for only about 350 years before it vanished. In 2001, an archaeological discovery in the city of Chengdu at a site named Jinsha revealed possible clues to the mystery of where the Sanxingdui culture may have gone.

CHINA’S LOST CIVILIZATION presents more than 120 of the most important discoveries from both Sanxingdui and Jinsha and examines the great mystery surrounding this 3200 year culture. The exhibition has been organized by the Bowers Museum and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Sichuan Province, China. After closing at the Bowers Museum, the exhibition will travel to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Tickets for the exhibition are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (62+) and students, and FREE for children under 12 (when accompanied by a paying adult) on weekdays. Weekend prices are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+) and students and FREE for children under 12 when accompanied by a paying adult. For group tickets, call (714) 567-3680.

The Bowers Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

About the Bowers Museum
Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the Bowers Museum is one of California's finest and Orange County's largest museums. In 1986, the museum closed its doors for a period of self-study. In response to community needs and input, it reopened in 1992 as a new cultural center, and expanded children's programming in 1994 with the opening of the Kidseum. The museum also recently celebrated the grand opening of the 30,000+ square-foot Dorothy and Donald Kennedy Wing in February 2007. To achieve its mission, the Bowers offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children's art education programs, and other special community programs. For more information, click HERE.

Opens Sunday, October 19th through Sunday, March 15, 2015
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at