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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