Early China

1. Introduction to Ancient China

The ancient villages in China developed some amazing pots. Welcome to the village of Banpo China.  It is being excavated now. We will look at the things made during this early village

2. Where In The World Are We?

We will visit the town of Banpo which is located in China.The world map shows you where Huang Ho is in China.  In this map you can see Asia. Compare the size

3. Banpo Archeology

                                                       Archeology of Banpo We don’t have any images of the beginning work on this site. We do know that archeologists work very slowly and carefully as they remove anything, including dirt.

4. Banpo Architecture

As early as the neolithic period, a basic principle of Chinese architecture was already established, wherein columns spaced at intervals, rather than walls, provided the support for the roof. Walls came to

5. Banpo – Everyday Things

Once a group learned that if clay was fired it would last until it was broken some major changes took place. What do think changed? How do you think the invention of

6. Ancient Chinese Pottery

The ancient art of pottery (ceramics) has a rich history. In this case you will look at very early examples of pottery from China. For a moment look at the pot at

7. The Flutes of Ancient China

Flutes were found in China. They are considered to be the first musical instrument made by man. This is a complex subject. As we move around the world it is noticeable how

8. A Brief Look At Jade

The Study of Jade can be a long and thoughtful process. There are many kinds of jade. Jade was used for many things in Ancient China. “Jade has influenced all walks of

An Overview of Banpo’s Neolithic Village

  Interested in ancient Chinese civilization? Banpo Neolithic Village is a place you must visit. It is located in Xian where we can trace early civilizations in China back to over 6,000

Banpo Museum

The Banpo Museum is located some three miles to the east of Xi’an City in Shaanxi Province. It is near the bridge that crosses the river, long renowned as one of the

Earliest writing found in China

Signs carved into 8,600-year-old tortoise shells found in China may be the earliest written words, say archaeologists. First attempt at writing on a tortoise shell The symbols were laid down in the

9,000 Year Old Chinese Flutes

Read news accounts of the find / Hear the flute being played after 9,000 years / OLDEST PLAYABLE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT FOUND AT JIAHU EARLY NEOLITHIC SITE IN CHINA JUZHONG ZHANG*”, GARMAN HARBOTTLE,

Chinese Jade from Ancient Times to the Present

The wise have likened jade to virtue. For them, its polish and brilliancy represent the whole of purity; its perfect compactness and extreme hardness represent the sureness of intelligence; its angles, which

Early River Valley Civilizations

Approximately 5000 years ago the first complex, politically centralized civilizations began to crystallize independently along a number of river valleys throughout the southern half of Asia and northern Africa .  These civilizations

Chinese Writing:Traditions and Transformations

Description  : An introduction to the history of Chinese characters and writing. Most of the world’s languages are written alphabetically; in an alphabetic writing system the basic components represent sounds only without

Music of the Neaderthals

It’s the last place you’d expect to find a marine biologist from Wood’s Hole: deep in a painted cave in France, playing a stone-age bone flute by candlelight. As Jelle Atema told

Pottery, Another Look

Pottery may be the oldest artwork of human beings. As far back as the Neolithic Age (more than 8,000 years ago), people began mixing clay and water then baking it until it

Rice And Early Agriculture In China

Today, 11% of the world’s arable land is planted in rice. This staple grain provides half the diet for 1.6 billion people; an additional 400 million people depend on the plant for

Stone Age China

The first people (leaving out Neanderthal-type pre-humans) seem to have reached China about 50,000BC. This is about the same time as the first people in Europe. These people lived in caves, made

Study Guide China

What follows here is a great way to think about China. World History Chapters 3 & 4 Study Guide China Exam 1. Why did the ancient Chinese believe that China was the

Yangshao Culture

Yangshao Culture In the Middle and Lower Yellow River Valley is YangShao Culture.Here agriculture was practiced. Pottery was made with geometric patterns and baked at 1000-1500 degrees C. No potter’s wheel. A

The Yangshao Project

To Neolithic China and back! The Yangshao project. This article was orginally published in Benbiten (Bone fragment) number 1-2, 2007, the (Swedish) Osteological association’s periodical. Stockholm.Sweden. More information on the Yangshaoproject is availible