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What is jade? Metamorphic rock

By |2018-04-21T12:09:20+00:00June 26th, 2017|History|

What is jade? Jade rock from Alaska Jadeite and nephrite Jade is really two kinds of metamorphic rock, jadeite and nephrite, that look pretty much exactly the same. Scientists can tell them apart using chemical tests and x-rays. Like quartz, both jadeite and nephrite are chains of silicon and oxygen atoms. Why is [...]

Stone Age China – Early Chinese History

By |2018-09-03T12:18:39+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Jade dragon-pig from New Stone Age China When did the first people come to China? Early people made it to China about 700,000 years ago. They were Homo Erectus, and maybe some Denisovans. One example is "Peking Man".They had dark skin and wide flat noses. These people lived in caves. They made fires [...]

Shang Dynasty China – The first dynasty of ancient China

By |2018-05-11T23:14:16+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Shang Dynasty China: Late Shang bronze pitcher from Henan, about 1100 BC, with inscription (Musee Guimet, Paris) China enters the Bronze Age Around 2000 BC, people in China learned how to make bronze out of tin and copper, so we call this the Bronze Age. About the same time, people in China also [...]

Zhou Dynasty Chinese Art – Early China

By |2018-06-06T11:22:24+00:00June 5th, 2017|Art, China|

Western Zhou bronze vessel from China (now in the Musee Guimet, Paris) Western Zhou art The first part of the Zhou Dynasty is called the Western Zhou, and it runs from about 1122 to about 722 BC. During the Western Zhou dynasty, art didn't change very much from the Shang Dynasty that came before [...]