Chinese Written-Language Older than Oracle Scripts

Oracle Turtle Scripts

This is Oracle Turtle Script, the early Chinese written language carved on a turtle shell during Shang Dynasty (1600 BC – 1046 BC) – an era ruled by merchants with a social system chiefly based on written business contacts.

This script used to be considered as the earliest form of Chinese characters by archaeologists. But the evidence unearthed lately disputes the assertion. There was earlier Chinese script before the Oracle Turtle Script.


Eric Horrobin
What happened to the turtle? Turtle soup maybe. ha ha haπŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜†

Called capitalism. Countries are being ruled that way today.

chong cen
Guess what, they have already used the ” $ ” sign at that time, the Shangs were the original CAPITALISTs. ….😁😁

Mile HsiangYang Lee
Old Chinese Manuscripts πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰Β Is any dynasty older than Shang?Β 

All Things Chinese
There was Xia Dynasty before Shang, and Hemudu in Yangtze delta, and Sanxingdun in Sichuan basin ….

Xia was believed to be an era before the Chinese script was invented so there is no written evidence left. The detailed chronicle records only started since Shang.

Chinese Written-Language Before Oracle Scripts

This is the earlier Chinese characters appeared before the Oracle Bone Script.


Owl Gothic
Earlier than the discovery of paper πŸ“„?

All Things Chinese
Paper was invented by Chinese during the Han Dynasty 2,000 years ago, Oracle Script was created by Chinese during the Shang Dynasty 4,000 years ago, while these characters were created by Chinese before Oracle Script. Which one is earlier you think?

Owl Gothic
Whatever it is I presume we must have ink to write πŸ“ so which one is earlier.. Paper πŸ“„ or ink?

All Things Chinese
During the Oracle Turtle Script time, words were caved on a turtle shell, which is why the name is given by contemporary researchers.

Later, it became a common practice to carve words on a piece of bamboo stem and the stem pieces could be strung together to make into a book.

So ink is not always necessary for writing.Β 

Craig Etheredge
Yeah…phone number right there.

chong cen
What does it say?

All Things Chinese
So far nobody knows.

chong cen
The heading,
is current Chinese characters.

All Things Chinese
The title was added later.Β 

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