Shang Dynasty China Project
By Maya and Sara
For politics the shang dynasty were conquering their neighbors which made the shang empire grow in wealth, power and size. In the eleventh century the shang dynasty was conquered by Zhou. Shang ignored poor and he became corrupt. One of the clans finally decided to rebel against the Shang. The Zhou dynasty defeated the Shang dynasty in about 1050 B.C. Many Shang warriors refused to fight so they surrendered and accepted the Zhou king as their new ruler. Zhou gained power because the Shang kings had grown corrupt. Also Zhou attacked the Shang kingdom in the west.
Religion, Culture, And Social Life
Although the Shang were known for their bronze carvings, they also made great jade carvings
Cowrie shells were used as currency
The Shang Dynasty attached great importance to agriculture.
Inventions, Technology, Science, And Architechture
The Shang dynasty had many important inventions. One, for example, was the invention of writing, which was developed sometime before 1500 B.C.E. They also had the invention of oracle bones which were used to record certain events. The Shang dynasty also made the first calendar, which had ten days in one week. They invented the lunar and solar new years. The Shang dynasty recorded solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, and other celestial happenings.
They built large dikes, walls that were used to hold back water. They also built large walled cities and learned to control water and floods along the Hong River. Huge palaces and building were also found in the capital, Anyang and in Erligang. The Shang dynasty also had irrigation. Some technology they had included chariots and armour.
The shang dynasty is most recognized for their bronze craftwork
The shang dynasty made the first calendar
not only did the shang dynasty invent writing, they also used oracle bones to keep records of certain events and use for divination