Salt of the Early Civilizations : Case Studies on China

  title={Salt of the Early Civilizations : Case Studies on China},
  author={Elise Hoi},
After a brief survey of the importance of salt to ancient China, Egypt, and Mesopotamia, this paper examines salt production and management of the Erlitou and Erligang cultures from the Yi-Luo River basin along the Yellow River and of Zhongba in the Ganjing River valley in the Yangzi’s Three Gorges region. All three case studies on Bronze Age China show that the political center of these cultures was connected to peripheral resources, physically through transportation routes that went through… CONTINUE READING


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