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Inventions from Ancient China

For fourth grade curriculum, Massachusetts.
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abacus
A simple but ingenious tool for mathematical calculations like counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
silk
A glossy and strong cloth. Made from the cocoons of silkworms, which eat mulberry leaves.
porcelain
A fine type of pottery made from special clay using advanced techniques. Also called "China."
compass
An essential navigation tool, first invented in China.
paper
Invented in China around 105 AD, made from mulberry bark and hemp fibers.
printing
This technology was invented during the Tang dynasty in China, using carved wooden blocks and ink.
gunpowder
Invented in China in the ninth century: the world's earliest known chemical explosive.
bronze casting
An important early technology developed in ancient China. The earliest known examples date from around 1700-1600 BC.

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