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Carapace Bone Script Unearthed
甲骨文

19 June 2009
 

In early 2009, over 7,000 pieces of objects inscribed with carapace bone script (甲骨文) were unearthed from an ancient site of worship (周公庙) in Qishan County (岐山县), Shaanxi Province (陕西省), which contain more than 1,600 unique archaic Chinese characters, with many of them being the ones previously unknown to modern historians.

What had unified Chinese language for almost its entire history is its script. The earliest Chinese script is said to be jiaguwen, which were normally inscribed on tortoise shell or ox shoulder blades, dating back to Shang Dynasty about 4000 years ago.

 

The site of excavation

(Source of info/photo: 冯国, xinhuanet)

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