Horse and Carriage Project - Shang Dynasty China
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Horse and Carriage Project

Horse and carriage
Horse and carriage (Sorrento, Italy)
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Under the Shang Dynasty, about 2000 BC, people in China began to ride in chariots pulled by horses. See if you can find any place near you that gives rides in horse-drawn carriages, and take a ride in one, to see what it is like. How fast does the horse and carriage go? Is it faster than running? As fast as a bicycle? As fast as a car? What did you like about it? What didn't you like?

More about Shang Dynasty China
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Bibliography and further reading about the Shang dynasty:

Shang Dynasty art
Shang Dynasty Architecture
Zhou Dynasty (1122-771 BC)
Ancient China


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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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