The Advanced Technology of Ancient China, Japan and Maya

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The Advanced Technology of Ancient China, Japan and Maya By: Victoria Nienhuis Throughout history, the advancement of science and technology has had a clear impact on the development of civilizations. You may ask yourselves, “How have these technological advancements helped the world?” What you may not know, is that the discoveries of these civilizations have affected all areas of life greatly, in ways that you see in everyday life, yet not give any notice. These advancements have helped ancient Maya, China, and Japan contribute to the world today. Through the development of technology, these three ancient civilizations were able to greatly influence the world around them and continue to do so today through the invention of gunpowder, ancient China, the samurai, ancient Japan, and the calendar, ancient Maya. The advancements of ancient China have had one of the largest impacts on the world. One of these advancements still used constantly throughout the world today is gunpowder. In ancient China, an alchemist was a man whom spent his life trying to discover the secret of immortality through experimentations involving the elements (Echoes from the Past 355). It was during one of such experiments that Sun Si Miao, a renowned alchemist, stumbled upon gunpowder (Echoes from the Past 356). The newly discovered gunpowder was first applied to scaring off wild animals (Echoes from the Past 356). It would be rolled in paper or a tube of bamboo, and have a wick attached (Echoes from the Past 356). The Chinese would then light and toss them in the direction that they believed the animals to be (Echoes from the Past 356). The small blast created would be sufficient enough to scare the animals off (Echoes from the Past 356). Another early application for gunpowder was during the New Years festival (Echoes from the Past 357). A large tube of bamboo would be filled with the

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