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An area specially re- excavations have re- alive in 191 pits over an area of 4,700 square metres. The remains of The ruins of Yinxu, the capital of the Shang dynasty, stretch along both from the the walls of a city period have been found at Zhengzhou in early Shang Henan. The walls late banks of the river Hanghui. The re- mains of the first Shang dynasty have also been discovered at Zhengzou, the province of Henan. This is in China. layers of compressed ence of almost seven km. ). The remains of large tumulus of compressed earth are to be height between 1 buildings and a found earth, under in proba- bly the oldest city to have been were made of in the north-east part of the city, and outside the city workshops for bronze casting and polishing bones have been discovered.

C- aft hi Although they did not use the western lost wax method (which only appeared in China at about the beginning of our era) but the more complex one of proto-porcelain moulds, Chinese founders were not slow in greatly increasing the complexity of the animal motifs which decorated the vases. to review all the kinds of vessels different types - and utensils It would be tedious - there are about fifty which gradually appeared, partcularly from the fifteenth century BC onwards. However, some of the stylized motifs are worth describing, since they will, with certain variations, appear for almost a millennium.

Form of a phoenix from covered in Qishan the late the district, (height Shang dynasty, 4 dis- excavations of Hejia, Sha'anxi province. Opposite: The (cooking vessel) is ding rectangular the most important bronze artefact of the early Shang period. Two were discovered in 1 the excavations of Zhengzhou, province. ). , c- aft hi Although they did not use the western lost wax method (which only appeared in China at about the beginning of our era) but the more complex one of proto-porcelain moulds, Chinese founders were not slow in greatly increasing the complexity of the animal motifs which decorated the vases.

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