What was the Shang Dynasty best known for?



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The Shang Dynasty was in power a very long time ago and so there is not a tremendous amount of information about it available.  They did have written records, but none of it survived to the present.

Therefore, the Shang are really known mostly by archaeological research.  The dynasty is best known for two things--cast bronze artifacts and writing.  The Shang Dynasty is the source of more than 10,000 bronze vessels.  Many of these are of beautiful design and artistry.   In addition, it is from the Shang Dynasty that we have our first evidence of writing in China.  This is writing that was done on bones or turtle shells which were then used to predict the future.

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