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(c. 2070–c. 1600 BC) Quasi-legendary first dynasty of China, preceding the Shang. In Chinese histories it is said to have been founded by Yu and to have had 17 rulers. Archaeological sites in Henan and Shanxi provinces in northeastern and eastern China have been tentatively identified with Xia culture. See alsoErlitou culture.
Variants of XIA DYNASTY
Xia dynasty or Hsia dynasty
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