Muddy, smelly and teeming with mold, the strips probably originated from the illegal excavation of a tomb, and the donor had purchased them at a Hong Kong market.Researchers at Tsinghua carbon-dated the materials to around 305 BC, during the Warring States period before the unification of China.Painting is an art which is done using a brush on paper or silk, often with black ink alone.
Due to their extensive record keeping little mystery is left to us, much unlike the Egyptians and Babylonians.
Despite its being one of the four greatest ancient civilizations, the Chinese civilization had a slower progress than any other.
The Chinese civilization has made countless contributions to the world, including the invention of compass, paper, gunpowder, silk, noodle, porcelain, and paper money and other things that are a part of our lives today.
This is demonstrated by early measuring rulers dating back as far as the 6th century BC.
This place holding or place notation was much easier than inventing a new character for each number (imagine having to memorize an enormous number of characters just to read the date! Having a decimal system from the beginning was a big advantage in making mathematical advances.