Episode 3 Companion: Just where the heck are we?

As promised, here are a few items I found concerning this week’s podcast episode that might help you better understand the wheres and whats of our proceedings.

First, here is China as its provinces are divided today, with the two confusing provinces Shanxi and Shaanxi marked:

Shanxi map

 

A map of the nine provinces declared by Yu the Great:
nine provinces

Emperor Yu in the flesh… er… silk:

King_Yu_of_Xia

 

Comparing the Xia Dynasty to the Erlitou Civilization:

ErlitouXia

 

The Nine Copper Cauldrons of Yu, Jiu Ding (note, the originals were lost at the end of the Warring States Period.  These are examples of replacements constructed in the Zhou Dynasty):

jiu ding

 

Jiu Ding

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4 thoughts on “Episode 3 Companion: Just where the heck are we?

    1. That could very well be. It’s all, f course, rather conjectural. But as I (think I) mentioned in the episode, the modern understanding tends toward the Xia, Shang, and Zhou having been contemporaneously extant, rather than successional… so it’s entirely possible that such cultures as the Longshan finds could have, in fact, been the rudiments of the Shang or Zhou 🙂

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