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National Geographic Investigates: Ancient China: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of China's Past (National Geographic Investigates)by Jacqueline Ball
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In 1974, farmers uncover the terra-cotta army of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi. Satellite technology reveals about 8,000 soldiers at the tomb complex. Only 1,000 have so far been excavated.
In 1976, archaeologists uncover a Shang Dynasty tomb in the Henan province. They recover artifacts bearing the name Fu Hao. Could this be the same person whose name is found on oracle bones unearthed elsewhere in China?
Bodies encased in suits of jade, and a pristinely preserved mummy are among the other treasures from China's tombs that continue to provide us with clues to her rich, complex past.
Ancient China includes an interview with Dr. Zhichun Jing, University of British Columbia, and working archaeologist at Anyang, the last capital of the Shang Dynasty.
Ancient Chinese life comes into ever-clearer focus thanks to 21st century science, especially archaeology, geology, and paleontology. New discoveries continuously contribute to the information store of each period and culture. "Ancient China uses the newest and most significant archaeological findings to bring young, modern readers up close to an intriguing, complex society, and shows them what those findings tell about a great nation's evolution.
Each chapter brings readers to a place of archaeological significance in the vast land we now call China. From the banks of the Yellow River to the hot sands of the Gobi Desert, readers go to the spots where pieces of history have been unearthed--and in many cases, are still being discovered, because many excavations are active today.
Explore the story of the world's oldest empire, from the ancient dynasties to the end of the Golden Age of China. Learn about the three main religions that shaped Chinese society: a society made up of four "layers." See why the Chinese called calligraphy, poetry and painting the "three perfections." Most of all, experience the Chinese spirit of exploration, a spirit that led to the building of the Great Wall and the Great Canal, and the development of the Silk Road.
About the Author
Jacqueline Ball is the award-winning author and producer of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including the Dino School series and Step Back Science. She lives in New York City.
Richard H. Levey is a business reporter and weekly columnist. His first children's book, Dust Bowl! The 1930s Black Blizzard, was published in 2005. He lives in New York City.
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