Xia dynasty


Xia dynasty

(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 also Erlitou culture.

Variants of XIA DYNASTY

Xia dynasty or Hsia dynasty

This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise.
For the full entry on Xia dynasty, visit Britannica.com.

Seen & Heard

What made you look up Xia dynasty? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More