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During the Shang period life as we know it had just began from our knowledge started about in 1766 BC ended in about 1122 BC the capital at the time was An-yang The first signs of the Chinese writing system were found on the oracle bones Some of the Chinese characters are recognizable with the untrained sys because they have the same character as they have now Other finds in An-yang are the bronze items which means that they had an idea of being wealthy with the goods most of the good where weapons so they must have had many solider also they found many ceremonial vessels which probably indicates they the people at the time where very religious During the Shang period farming they also raised sheep and cow but those were primarily for the use of milk and not for the meat Bronze was still costly at the time so they made their farming tools out of wood or stone in some cases The political life of the Shang was very simple the successor of the rule was usually the brother of the king and not always the son of the king The culture of the Shang was almost as they were slaves no freedom and yet they had to do the kings bidding at anytime There were many human sacrifices and the servants and the aristocrats where buried with the king or emperor the power of the king was great and uncontested Yet the Shang were always at war with their neighboring city-states At the time the religion was probably different through China so the religion may of varied from place to place yet the Shang did not seem to have a set religion just to have human sacrifices or in some cases animal sacrifices People believe that the Shang had hundreds of thousands of soldiers After the Zhou conquered the Shang another great dynasty arose Though the Zhou was not
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