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《Journal of National Museum of China》 2015-01
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Importance of Inscriptions on the Back of Oracle Bones

Liu Ying;  
The side of Shang dynasty tor toise shells and animal bones thatis carved with oracle inscriptions has been given priority in researches on oracle bone inscriptions. In contrast, the other side, which often bears chiselled or scraped marks or is inscribed with brief information aboutthe contentor resultof divination or with obscure characters, is neglected by many researchers. In fact, those divinatory words provide abundantinformation aboutthe divination, such as date, performer, process, consequence, etc., which helps the researchers correctly understand the oracle inscription and the intertextual relations and compare and arrange related inscriptions. When organizing inscriptions on the other side of ox scapulas for divination, the currentauthor focuses on information given in these inscriptions. By relating remaining characters on both sides, the author provides six sets of oracle bones to show the academic importance of inscriptions on the back of oracle bones.
【Fund】: 2013年教育部人文社会科学研究青年基金项目《甲骨断片残字的搜集与整理》课题(项目批准号:13YJC740060)的阶段性成果
【CateGory Index】: K877.1
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1 Zhou Zhongbing;;THE TYPOLOGICAL STUDIES ON THE ZUAN AND ZAO ON THE ORACLE BONES[J];Acta Archaeologica Sinica;2013-02
2 REN Hui-bin(History Department,Tsinghua University,Beijing 100084,China);Supplement to A Group of Oracle Bone Inscriptions Collected by Tsinghua University[J];Yindu Journal;2007-02
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