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EugenieTenda
2021-04-08 04:58:21
why do we not know if any dynasties preceded the Shang
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Pottsy
2021-04-08 07:38:05

There were no written record of any dynasties before the Shang dynasty, and for good reason--paper was invented in China during the Han dynasty around 100 BC, and the Shang dynasty was said to begin in 1600 BC, a whole millenium and a half before that! A dynasty before that, called the Xia dynasty, has been described in some ancient Chinese texts, but these stories are not trustworthy sources.

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