Oracle Bones

Definition

Oracle Bones (also known as Dragon's Bones) were the shoulder blades of oxen or plastrons of turtles (the flat underside of the turtle's shell) which were used in the Shang Dynasty of China (c. 1600-1046 BCE) for divination. The symbols carved on the bones eventually became words and a recognizable Chinese script developed from this practice.

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Timeline

  • c. 1250 BCE - 1046 BCE
    Oracle Bones in use in China during the Shang Dynasty.
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