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The Shang Dynasty. A Shang Capital City. Anyang was the Shang Capital City The city included a palace, a temple, and houses King’s palace sat on a platform, the bones found under the palace makes archeologists believe that human sacrifices were performed

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The shang dynasty

The Shang Dynasty


A shang capital city

A Shang Capital City

  • Anyang was the Shang Capital City

  • The city included a palace, a temple, and houses

  • King’s palace sat on a platform, the bones found under the palace makes archeologists believe that human sacrifices were performed

  • Human sacrifices were part of the Shang burials

  • Animals, servants, slaves were led down ramps to be sacrificed, they believed that they would serve the king in their afterlife

  • Treasures found in tombs were included bronze weapons, carved jade ornaments, bone carvings, pottery, stone sculptures, and chariots


Shang government

Shang Government

  • The Shang government was powerful

  • Depended on strong armies to maintain their rule

  • Shang’s army was made up of large numbers of soldiers

  • They were the first people to discover how to make bronze from copper and tin

  • Constantly were engaged in war

  • They were a terrifying threat to their enemies


Shang social classes

Shang Social Classes

  • The Shang Dynasty had six social classes

  • King/Emperor-Highest in Authority and Power

  • Nobles-Second highest in authority/power. Lived in great palaces. Went hunting with king.

  • Craftspeople-Small social class, bronze workers were especially valued, they made weapons used by Shang warriors


Shang social classes1

Shang Social Classes

  • Traders-Ranked below Nobles, but above farmers. People mostly traded goods. They traded with neighboring regions

  • Farmers-Largest social class in the Shang society. They raise pigs & chicken. They grew wheat, barley, fruits, and vegetables.

  • Slaves-The lowest social class. They built tombs & palaces. They were often captured in wars.


Religion under the shang

Religion Under The Shang

  • How did the Shang connect with their ancestors?

  • They offered their dead ancestors wine and food to help them, and sometimes sacrificed humans

  • Believed kings had the power to rule because they descended from powerful ancestors

  • Kings used oracle bones to ask their ancestors for advice. The holyman carved the questions onto the oracle bones.


Writing art under the shang

Writing & Art Under the Shang

  • Shang artists showed great skill working with bronze

  • The most common picture was an animal mask, later known as tootie

  • In Chinese writing characters stand for words rather than sounds

  • A logograph is characters that stand for words

  • Crafts people made beautiful vessels and other art


Technology under the shang the end of the shang dynasty

Technology Under the Shang & The End Of the Shang Dynasty

  • The strengths of the Shang Dynasty is what led to the end of the dynasty

  • Fighting so many wars eventually weakened the military power of the Shang

  • The lavish spending weakened the economy

  • A later king would say that the final blow was the corruption of the last Shang King


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