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Ancient China: From the Neolithic Period to the Han Dynasty
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"An historical overview of ancient China—from the Neolithic period (approx. 6,000–2000 BCE) to the end of the Han dynasty (220 CE)—this packet explores the rise of ancient Chinese civilization and how belief systems and cultural values are reflected in surviving examples of its material culture. The packet features important archaeological excavations such as the Tomb of Fu Hao, created in the Shang dynasty (approx. 1600–1050 BCE); the Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng, created in the Warring States period (approx. 480–221 BCE); and the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huangdi, the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE), created approx. 210 BCE. Other highlights include Chinese jades, bronzes, and ceramics in the Asian Art Museum’s collection galleries. The packet includes interactive activities for the classroom and student handouts." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asianart.org/educatorresources.htm
Ancient Tombs
University of Washington, Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization
"This unit contains summaries of five archaeological sites, ranging in date from about 2300 BC to 100 BC. The tombs selected for examination were all advanced for their time. Their occupants were members of the ruling class of the period, able to afford the highest standard of material comfort, technical excellence, and artistic embellishment then available." A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization was prepared by University of Washington history professor Patricia Buckley Ebrey. With questions for discussion, timelines, maps, and suggested readings. Select HOME to find link to teachers' guides for all topics featured on the website.

Go to Museum Resource: http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/archae/2tommain.htm
The Art and Archeology of Ancient China: A Teacher's Guide
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
An illustrated 106-page teacher's guide that can be downloaded in .pdf format, in three parts. Go to middle of HTML page and select Part I, Part II, and Part III to download the guide. Includes historical background from China's Late Neolithic Period (BCE ca. 5000-2000) to the Han Dynasty (BCE 206-220 CE), plus a timeline, vocabulary list, pronunciation guide, four lesson plans, plus featured object studies on 1) Clothing and Personal Adornment (Silk and Jade); 2) Food Preparation and Utensils; 3) Transportation; 4) Ceremonies (Music); 5) Writing (Chinese Characters); 6) Industry (Bronze Casting); 7) Building. Also a special chapter on Ancestor Worship, then and today.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/education/teacherResources/onlineGuidesChinese.htm
Creating a Bronze Vessel
Princeton University Art Museum
An excellent interactive unit that illustrates, step by step, the ancient methods by which bronze vessels were cast.

Go to Museum Resource: http://etcweb.princeton.edu/asianart/interactives/bronze/bronze.html
Neolithic Era, 3000-1500 B.C.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"The earliest known Chinese Stone Age culture was the relatively sophisticated Yang-shao, whose people lived in rudimentary settlements and hunted for game with carved stone spears." A brief, one-paragraph overview, along with a map, a video clip featuring an MIA curator, and 15 objects representative of the period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/dynasty-neolithic.cfm
Neolithic Period, ca. 8000–ca. 2000 B.C.
Princeton University Art Museum
A detailed introduction to Neolithic China. Discusses the Yangshao (ca. 4800-ca. 3000 B.C.), Majiayao (ca. 3800-ca. 2000 B.C.), Dawenkou (ca. 4300-ca. 2400 B.C.), Qijia (ca. 2200-ca. 1800 B.C.), and Longshan (ca. 2600-ca. 2000 B.C.) cultures. With a map and two representative objects, both with lengthy descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://etcweb.princeton.edu/asianart/timeperiod_china.jsp?ctry=China&pd=Neolith...
Shang, 1523-1028 B.C.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"Their cast-bronze weapons gave Shang kings military might." A brief, one-paragraph overview, along with a map, a video clip featuring an MIA curator, and 17 objects representative of the period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/dynasty-shang.cfm
Shang/Zhou dynasty, ca. 1600–256 B.C.
Princeton University Art Museum
A detailed introduction to Shang and Zhou China. With a map and four representative objects, all with lengthy descriptions and two with a 360-degree rotate view.

Go to Museum Resource: http://etcweb.princeton.edu/asianart/timeperiod_china.jsp?ctry=China&pd=Shang%7...
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