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The formative stage of Chinese civilisation

Year 7 Ancient China Inquiry

The Asian Civilizations Museum is setting up a new exhibition on ancient China. You are tasked with creating one aspect of the exhibition. 

In pairs you are required to plan, research and create a slideshow that displays five (5) artifacts on one area of life in ancient China. You will choose one aspect of ancient Chinese life from the following list:

  • Daily life
  • Warfare
  • Religion
  • Funerary beliefs
  • Social structure 

You will need to find five appropriate artifacts online, that reflect your area of research. Each artifact must have a 50 word caption describing what it is and its function

Oliver Catalogue

National Geographic

Ancient China is responsible for a rich culture, still evident in modern China. From small farming communities rose dynasties such as the Zhou (1046-256 B.C.E), Qin (221-206 B.C.E), and Ming (1368-1644 C.E.).


With more than 4,000 years of recorded history, China is one of the few existing countries that also flourished economically and culturally in the earliest stages of world civilization.

Ancient History Encyclopedia


Ancient China produced what has become the oldest extant culture in the world. 

Asian Art Museum

We will refer to Ancient China as the time between the Neolithic period (ca. 6,000‒ ca. 1750 BCE) and the Han dynasty (206 BCE‒ 220 CE), which is roughly equivalent to the period of the Roman Empire in the West. This is the formative stage of Chinese civilization.



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National Geographic Investigates: Ancient China--Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of China's Past

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