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China discovers primitive, 5,000-year-old writing

By DIDI TANG

Associated Press

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BEIJING (AP) — Archaeologists say they have discovered a new form of primitive writing in markings on stoneware excavated from a relic site in eastern China dating back 5,000 years. That's about 400 years earlier than the oldest known written Chinese language.

Chinese scholars are divided on whether the etchings amount to words or a precursor to words that should be described as symbols, but they say the finding will help shed light on the origins of Chinese language and culture.

The oldest current known Chinese writing was found on animal bones — known as oracle bones — dating to 3,600 years ago during the late Shang dynasty.







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TLehel wrote:
None of the markings look close to deliberate. Not sure what sort of language you could derive from natural wear.
on July 10,2013 | 10:04AM
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