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Ancient Chinese Oracle Makes It to UNESCO Treasure List

Ancient Chinese Oracle Makes It to UNESCO Treasure List

Beijing.- The ancient Chinese system to write oracles on bones was included in the UNESCO''s World Memory Register, according to the deputy minister of Education, Du Zhanyuan.

The oracle consists of characters carved on animal bones or turtle shells and used during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 B.C.)

The minister explained that the writings had a notable impact in the world, especially in neighboring countries, and exerted an influence in several civilizations.

According to Du, the inclusion of the oracle in the list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an international acknowledgement of the value of those pieces.

The Chinese oracle, along with the Egyptian hieroglyphs, Babilonia's cuneiform texts and the Maya glyphs, are the world's oldest writings.

So far, archeologists have found nearly 160,000 pieces and only 1,600 of 4,300 characters carved on the bones have been deciphered.