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What Are Those?

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Social Studies +2 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
Learn about life in early Chinese urban society by analyzing oracle bone divinations, the earliest form of writing in China. Students discuss with their groups what they think these pictures are showing then they compare early Chinese urban society to other Bronze Age societies in this student activity.

Inscribed bone fragment ("oracle bone")

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Inscribed bone fragment ("oracle bone")

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Inscribed tortoise carapace ("oracle bone")

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Inscribed bone fragment ("oracle bone")

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Oracle bone

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery