3,000 year old clay figure looks like a pig from Angry Birds


It’s 3,000 years old but it looks strangely familiar (Provincial Archaeological Institute)

A clay figure from ancient China bears a striking resemblance to the pig characters from popular video game Angry Birds.

Estimations put the figure at over 3,000 years old, but it was clearly ahead of its time – predicting a mobile gaming phenomenon played by millions around the world.

Archaeologists found the figure in what is now modern-day Guanghan in Sichuan province, China. It’s been described as a ‘delicate artefact’ and is absolutely not suitable for avian-based destruction.

‘Its image is cute and lifelike, and it is a must,’ remarked the Sichuan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, which led the dig at a 7,000 square-metre site in central China.

‘It can be seen that even in the era when the productive forces were extremely underdeveloped, the ancestors of ancient Shu still had an aesthetic level that should not be underestimated.’

Angry Birds started as a mobile game and became an animated movie (Rovio)

The dig site where the figure was found is one of one of five sites currently being investigated by experts.

It’s hoped that more finds and further analysis will give researchers clues into how people ‘lived in the surrounding areas of the ancient capital of Shu Kingdom’.

Reports that ancient Chinese citizens passed the time by flinging birds at these clay figures remain unconfirmed.





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