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Peering Back
Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta

At the archaeological site called Huanbei Shang City, a young girl peeks at the excavation of the largest building ever discovered from the Shang dynasty, which ruled on China's Yellow River plain from about 1600 to 1045 B.C. The structure might have been a palace, suggesting that this area once served as the Shang capital. According to the late K. C. Chang, a preeminent authority on early China, "The Shang civilization . . . not only became a society of great sophistication, but was also the first of the great Chinese political 'kingdoms.' "

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome 100
Lens: 17-35mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/100 @ f/11

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: 10:30 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light



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