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4,000-yr-old characters found on pottery piece in China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Archaeologists in have discovered characters on a piece which they believe are 4,000-year-old, even older than the bones scripts.

The piece, with ink marks which were confirmed to be three or four characters, was unearthed at Gaojiataizi, the ruins of the Lower Xiajiadian Culture in the city of

The ruins, which are spread over 10,000 square metres, were jointly excavated by the of cultural heritage and archaeology and the

Experts from the confirmed the marks were characters left by animal-fur brush with ink, according to of the

The words, which were written smoothly, are believed to be connected with sacrificial activities, the state-run Xinhua agency reported.

scripts, together with those of bones and bronze objects, have been known for long term preservation.

"The bones, scripts from some 3,000 years ago in the Shang Dynasty, may have originated from the pottery scripts," he said, adding the discovery has offered new evidence to trace the origin of oracle bones.

Pottery and stone articles, as well as animal bones were also unearthed at the ruins.

The Lower Xiajiadian Culture, a branch of the northern bronze culture during the Xia and Shang dynasties, dates back to 3,500-4,000 years ago -- between the late Neolithic Age and Bronze Age.

The Lower Xiajiadian site in was listed as one of the top archaeological discoveries in in 2009.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 19:55 IST