Markings are etched on an unearthed piece of a stone ax are seen near Zhuangqiao grave relic, in Pinghu, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Archaeologists say they have discovered a new form of primitive writing in markings on stoneware excavated from the relic site in eastern China dating 5,000 years back, about 1,400 years earlier than the oldest known written Chinese language.
Markings are etched on an unearthed piece of a stone ax are seen near Zhuangqiao grave relic, in Pinghu, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Archaeologists say they have discovered a new form of primitive writing in markings on stoneware excavated from the relic site in eastern China dating 5,000 years back, about 1,400 years earlier than the oldest known written Chinese language.
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published Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
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BEIJING — Archaeologists say they have discovered some of the world’s oldest known primitive writing, dating back about 5,000 years, in eastern China, and some of the markings etched on broken axes resemble a modern Chinese character.

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