Start at the beginning
- developed by illiterate(s)
- Evolved slowly from parent
- first in its area
- inventor known
- language unknown
- mercantile script
- National pride
- now ceremonial
- previous script didn't quite work
- private or secret
- probably developed by illiterate(s)
- probably first in its area
- Rating: 1 "Dull, only here for completeness"
- Rating: 2 "Not all that interesting"
- Rating: 3 "I did not know that"
- Rating: 4 "Huh, interesting!"
- Rating: 5 "Whoa!!"
- revealed in a dream
- significant female influence
- spiritual or supernatural
- technology influenced
Category Archives: probably developed by illiterate(s)
Like the Sumerians and the Egyptians, the Harappans inhabited a fertile river valley (this one in Pakistan) in around 3300 BC. Like in the Middle East, the Harappans developed a sophisticated civilization. Like in the Middle East, the Harappans put … Continue reading
Written Chinese is, by some measures, the most successful writing system on the planet. It has persisted for thousands of years and is still in use today. While it has gone through a number of distinct changes, those changes have … Continue reading
Egyptian hieroglyphics were profoundly influential and in use for thousands of years. Like Sumerian cuneiform, the early symbols were of recognizable things. Unlike Sumerian cuneiform, the symbols stayed recognizable: a snake stayed a snake, a foot stayed a foot. Like … Continue reading
Scholars argue about which came first, Egyptian hieroglyphics or Sumerian cuneiform, but neither side has convinced me. Given that they developed within 100 years (in about 3200 BC) and 1000 kilometers of each other, it’s pretty certain that one led … Continue reading