This technique enabled the bronzeworker to achieve a high degree of sharpness and definition in even the most intricate designs.
This city represents a step up from Erlitou in terms of size and material culture. A political activist called Sun Yat-sen became head of a group called the Revolutionary Alliance. Tombs were dug in clay, and their walls show traces of paintings that strongly resemble some of the ornamentation and animal shapes reflected in the outstanding bronze work of the period.
Here, a huge palace precinct in the centre of the walled area incorporated at least 25 individual buildings. Recorded history in China begins with the Shang dynasty. Scholars today argue about when the dynasty began, with opinions ranging from the midth to the midth century B.
Shang bronze inscriptions were usually very short. Bone workshops were also discovered at Erligang.