Oracle Bone Script is the oldest known form of Chinese writtenlanguage. According to recent archealogical research, it dates back as faras4,800 years ago.
This is a sample of what the script looks like. The script was carved on tortoise shells and ox scapulas (shoulder blade) bones. Hencethename of "bone script" or . In Englishliterature, it iscommonlycalled"oracle bone script," becausesomeoftheobjectsarethoughttobeusedasoracles, though the script language was not restricted tojustoracleapplications.
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