Chinese oracle-bone inscriptions have recently been included in the Memory of the World Register, a list of documentary heritage of the UNESCO, according to the UN agency's website.
Oracle-bone inscriptions were excavated from the Ruins of Yin in Anyang, Central China's Henan Province. Inscriptions on tortoise shells and animal bones represent the original characters of the Chinese written language. They date back to the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC).
An ancient oracle-bone inscriptions Photo: VCG
The Memory of the World Register is the list of documentary heritage under UNESCO's Memory of the World Program set up in 1992 to "preserve documentary heritage and memory for the benefit of present and future generations in the spirit of international cooperation and mutual understanding, and to build peace in the minds of women and men."
China previously has 10 documentary heritage inscribed in the Memory of the World Register, including the Documents of the Nanjing Massacre which were added in 2015.