This is to report that ancient symbols have been found in Jiahu in Henan province, western China. See
This alleged writing - there is no proof whatsoever that this is "writing" - consists of symbols carved onto tortoise shells as alleged precursors to Shang writing.
They have been provisionally dated to 6600 BC to 6200 BC - a dating which we find to be speculative.
Artefacts are found in sedimented layers
see http://www.carleton.ca/~bgordon/ Rice/papers/chen95.htm
which are subject to much interpretative radiocarbon dating.
According to the Jiahu rice website above a more likely date for these artefacts is ca. 5600 BC-5500 BC, which could correspond to the Great Flood period at the Black sea and thus these people would be refugees from that Flood. The tortoise shells are in any case NOT OLDER than that. Plus, one has to see the actual radiocarbon data, which often has several "peaks" - so you have to see if the older date peak was not chosen intentionally. It is rather remarkable in the problematic profession of mainstream archaeology that EVERY new find is ALWAYS the oldest - requiring a rewriting of history - is it not?? The whole science of archaeology is like fishing bobbers on the waves - constantly bouncing in a sea of chaos.
The symbols are clearly astronomical - my discovery - as 8 (maybe 11?) tortoise shells were arranged in a circle above the body in the tomb. These were the constellations. Also found in
this context were a great number of small pebbles - probably representing the actual stars.
Also found at Jiahu were ancient flutes, and as stated about ancient legend at
"The sound of the flutes is alleged to lure cranes to a waiting hunter."
The flute of course is the stellar constellation of the LYRE and the crane is CYGNUS.
The websites at http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/jiah/hd_jiah.htm
and http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/pubaf/pr/1999/bnlpr092299.html write further:
"Pictograms, signs carved on tortoiseshells, were also uncovered at Jiahu. In later Chinese culture dating to around 3500 B.C., shells were used as a form of divination. They were subjected to intense heat and the cracks that formed were read as omens. The cracks were
then carved as permanent marks on the surface of the shell. The evidence of shell pictograms from Jiahu may indicate that this tradition, or a related one, has much deeper roots than previously considered."
That writing of course is just one unfounded interpretation after the next. I find it hard to differentiate the permanentness of a shell cracked by alleged heating (no proof of that) and symbols carved on it as "permanent" marks to "retain" the original crack. Does this commentator mean the allegedly heat-induced cracks would otherwise disappear or what? If anything, shells were heated to dry them out for preservation after symbols were cracked and etched into the surface of still fresh shells from eaten tortoises.
The above stated and totally unfounded "divination theory" is one of the pet theories of the archaeologists who live in a world of rites, rituals and demons solely of their own making - having little basis in fact or evidence in the ancient realities of Neolithic mankind.