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Ancient China Artefacts
Transcript of Ancient China Artefacts
Ancient China occured in 7000 BCE. It was located next to the Yangtze river for good civilisation. Ancient Chinese civilization is credited with many inventions that remain in use. The chinese civilisation was split into dynasties. The chinese made lots of inventions which were in use long before European civilizations discovered them. Those inventions include paper, silk, pottery wheel, jade pottery, great wall of china, terracota army, alcohol, gunpowder, leshan giant buddha and tea
1. Gunpowder was supposed to be a potion for unlimited life
2. Gunpowder ended up being a potion for death that is still used today.
3. Ancient Chinese alchemists were trying to find a potion for the ability to live forever and they ended up making gunpowder
4. When the Chinese found out that it exploded they used it for fireworks
5. After a few hundred years they started using it in war.
1. Silk was first invented by the wife of the Yellow Emperor, Leizu, around the year 2696 BC
2. Silk cloth was very valuable in Ancient China. Wearing silk was an important status symbol.
3. When the silk came about, only the members of the royal family were allowed to wear silk
4. Silk was used for money during some Ancient Chinese Dynasties
5. The emperors of China wanted to keep the process for making silk a secret. If anyone was caught telling the secret or taking silkworms out of China was put to death.
6. Nobles and kings of foreign lands desired silk and would pay high prices for the cloth
7.Silk was such an important product from China that the trade route from Europe to China became known as the Silk Road.
Great Wall Of China
Tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor and herbalist, whose name was Shennong in 2737 BCE
The emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it so it would be clean, so that is what his servants did
The use of tea as a beverage drunk for pleasure on social occasions dates
The practice of tea culture can bring the spirit and wisdom of human beings to a higher orbit.
People drank tea because of its herbal medicinal qualities for hundreds of years.
By Harry Morrissy & Tom Huttunen
Leshan Giant Buddha
The earliest alcohol makers where Yi Di and Du Kang
-The alcohol contained 4% to 5% of alcohol
-In 100 BC the chinese re created alcohol and it contain over 11% of alcohol
-The beverage was used as offerings to sprits
-No alcohol in the west reacher over 11% until the 12th centruy
1. The terracotta army was discovered in 1974 at Xian, in China, when local farmers digging a well broke into a pit containing 6000 life-size terracotta figures
2. The terracotta army was guarding the tomb of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang di, who lived over 2200 years ago.
3. This craze for life and the fear of death ultimately gave us the legacy of the terracotta warriors.
4. The terracota army soldiers
1. The Great Wall Of China was 5,500 miles long.
2. Mongolian invasions from the north were a constant problem in China.
3. the building of the Great Wall was unpopular with the people who saw it as a waste of resources
4. The wall that still exists today was mainly built by a later dynasty called the Ming.
5. The Qin government ordered walls built in the past to be connected to make a larger and stronger wall. This is usually recognized as the beginning of the Great Wall of China.
The Leshan Giant Budda is a famous statue of a sitting buddha carved into a cliffside in Leshan.
It is 233 feet tall and 91 feet wide at the shoulders. It is set into a mountain that many locals feel itself resembles a lying-down Buddha.
The leshan site of the buddha was a metting place for three rivers, the Minjiang river, the Dadu river and the Qingyi river.
This was the section of the river where the current was extremely strong.
- Paper was invented in China in 105 AD
-Early chinese papers was made of hemp waste in water
- It was made out of woven cloth
-From China paper traveled to Korea
-It advanced to tree bark, bamboo and other plant fibers
Leshan Giant Buddha by Charles Custer, 2014
The history of tea by Webmaster, 2014
Facts on Ancient China's Civilization for Kids
by Amy M. Armstrong, Demand Media, 2014
Top 10 greatest inventions of ancient China By Lin Liyao
March 4, 2011
-China introduced shell money
-It was light and easy to carry around
-It was hard to find shells at the end of the Shang dynasty
-Shells evolved in to bronze, gold, copper and jade
-People first started making pottery out of clay around 6000 BC, near the beginning of the Neolithic period.
- Early pottery was hand-made by coiling, then fired in bonfires
-The ancient Chinese buried their dead with pottery bearing images of people, animals, and possessions dear to them during life.
Clay, jade, and bronze are the dominant materials used in the art of ancient China from around 4000 B.C.E