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Published on June 18, 2008

Author: wendyloke

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Using sources to teach about the Shang Civilisation
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Civilisation Looking at the Chinese Civilisation

Where they were located Where did the Chinese civilisation start? Why do you think this is so?

Where did the Chinese civilisation start?

Why do you think this is so?

What can we learn from this Source? The king's residence was in the center of the city. It was built on a north-south axis. All buildings in the city were rectangular and were made of mud with wooden beams. In addition to the king, the nobility lived within the city. They also lived in houses of mud.

The king's residence was in the center of the city. It was built on a north-south axis. All buildings in the city were rectangular and were made of mud with wooden beams. In addition to the king, the nobility lived within the city. They also lived in houses of mud.

What can we learn from this Source? The peasants often lived outside of the city, although there were a few within the walls of the city. It is thought that they harvested millet, barley, and perhaps rice. They used tools made of wood to work the land.

The peasants often lived outside of the city, although there were a few within the walls of the city. It is thought that they harvested millet, barley, and perhaps rice. They used tools made of wood to work the land.

This is a bronze wine vessel. What can you learn about the Shang civilisation? What do you think this is used for?

This is a bronze wine vessel.

What can you learn about the Shang civilisation?

What do you think this is used for?

Writing Almost all the written records of the Shang have disappeared, for the court records were kept on strips of bamboo. However, inscriptions on bronze and on the oracle bones still survive so we have specimens of the very first Chinese writings. The writing system was originally pictographic , that is, words were represented by pictures that fairly closely resembled the meaning of the word.

Almost all the written records of the Shang have disappeared, for the court records were kept on strips of bamboo.

However, inscriptions on bronze and on the oracle bones still survive so we have specimens of the very first Chinese writings.

The writing system was originally pictographic , that is, words were represented by pictures that fairly closely resembled the meaning of the word.

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