The Search for the Shang Dynasty
Emilee Lancaster, Meena Kaundinya, Toonie Goyal, Alex Guo
Emilee Lancaster, Archeologist
Shang Dynasty Bronze Weapons
The Shang Dynasty ran from c. 1800 - c.1100 B.C. Tang took control of the ...
Shang Dynasty Map
Shang Dynasty Map - The Art of Asia - History and Maps
Shang Dynasty Oracle Bones
During the time of the Shang dynasty, approximately 3000 years ago, ...
Meena Kaundinya, Anthropologist
Shang Dynasty Bronze Vessel
Alex Guo, Geographer
The Geography of the Shang Dynasty
. The Shang Dynasty began in the mid 1600-1800 BCE. They were an advanced civilization, with things like a language, bronze, chariots and much more. They were located in China, near the Yellow Sea. They had two rivers running through the area, the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers. Due to being next to rivers, they had fertile soil good for planting. This made it easier for them to do agriculture, but it was still primitive. Later on, they had bronze. This was a huge advantage. It allowed them to make things like tools. They also had a variety of animals, as well as the silkworm. they domesticated these animals, and learned how to take the silk from a silkworm. The landscape was diverse as well, with valleys and mountains and rivers. They had a lot of natural resources too; bronze, clay, animals, silk, water, stuff like that. They could make stuff like pots and tools from bronze, kill animals/use their resources, make silk into clothing and drink water. I think they were geographically lucky. They were an advanced civilization for the time and area, having writing and bronze. However, they fell to rebels and the rebels made a new empire. Now, the Henan province and Shandong province are located here.
Below is a map of the general area it is located at. It also displays where other civilizations are at.
Tarun Goyal, Historian
The Shang Dynasty was started by a man named Tang. Tang got a lot of support. He said that King Jie, of the Xia Dynasty, was mistreating his people and that they should over through him.
Something that made this civilization successful was the fact that they had a big army. This let them keep city states in line. They were also good at converting small villages into thriving city-states all loyal to the Shang Dynasty.
After Tang over through King Jie, King Tang was an important person and founder for the Shang.
An important time was the Shang’s Bronze Age. They were skilled bronze miners and crafters, this gave them a leg up on the competing tribes and dynasties around them