10,000 BCE to 1500
About 12,000 years ago, a group of early people settled along the
Yellow River. They lived in mud houses. Archaeologists have found the
remains of their homes. But it was not until around 5,000 years ago
that things really started happening in ancient China along the Yellow
River (the Huang He River).
farming group appeared, and settled along the Yellow River. These were
the Lungshan people. They were very advanced for their time. They
harvested silk! They wove
beautiful fabrics from the silk they had harvested. They used a potters
wheel to make sturdy and interesting pots and vases. They baked clay
bricks in ovens to make them strong, and built their homes out of
these baked bricks. They did not have earth floors in their homes.
They plastered their floors to keep them dry and free of insects and
worms. They had a system of flood control and a system irrigation.
They were a very smart people.
says that their best engineer, a man named Yu, founded the first
dynasty in ancient China. That dynasty was called the Xia Dynasty. No
one knows for sure.
These early people did not write things down. So
the only record we have of their existence is the ruins of their
villages, and a few ancient stories and legends.
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