Filed Under (FOREX BROKERS CHINA) by FOREX BROKERS CHINA on 11-07-2013
The inscriptions at the artifacts which have been recently unearthed in east China’s Zhejiang Province have reportedly replaced oracle bone script to be the earliest record of ancient Chinese characters, Beijing Times reports.
The inscriptions at the artifacts that have been recently unearthed in east China’s Zhejiang Province have reportedly replaced oracle bone script to be the earliest record of ancient Chinese characters.[Photo/Chinanews.com]
Following initial on-the-spot research, some experts concluded that the characters incised at the historic relics unearthed in Pinghu, Zhejiang Province belong to the Liangzhu civilization of the Neolithic Age dating from some 5,000 years ago.
Up to now, the origin of the Chinese was widely believed thus far to the oracle bone scripts, with inscriptions on turtle shells dating back to the late Shang dynasty. If confirmed, the brand new discovery will push the origins of Chinese written language back 1,000 years.
Li Boqian, professor on the Institute of Archaeology and Museology of Peking University says that unlike other original texts which appear in isolation, these characters will also be grouped into sentences.
“These symbols will have some language features, however it is simply too hasty to match it with the systematic language on oracle bone script”, Wang Jianjun, philology doctor on the Historical Institute of Zhengzhou University voice his different opinion at the discovery.
To become a language, certain symbols need to be readable, shapeable and explainable, Wang said. From this point of views, the symbols and characters discovered in Pinghu historic relics cannot constitute a writing system, Wang added.