>oldest written languages that we know of date back to around 3000 B.C.
>humans have been around for around 100,000 years
what the fuck were they doing?
Did prehistoric peoples draw cute lolis? What's the anime of cave pictures?
>doesn't know that human progress and history is the accumulation of long periods of economic and technological development
Also; primitive communism was pretty chill, would definitely pick living in pre-history then now.
Oral traditions. There's no need to write stuff down if the collective memory of your tribe is sufficient for all the information you need. Only once we started settling down and trading did we need written language to record transactions and inventories.
technically speaking, we like river valleys and coastlines
a lot of where we possibly were is underneath ocean right now
well probably never know why we were having a gap year, but not all of us are all that "smart"
The printing press killed the oral tradition star.
For most of our history, we were nomadic. We lived in tribes, the tribes traveled with the seasons, often following prey and the growth of plants.
Keep in mind, we've been creating records for WAY longer. The earlier known cave paintings date back around 50,000 years, and those are just the ones we've found. However, given the small nature of communities, it was easy to have someone remember the meaning of these drawings and then recount the story.
Writing emerged not super long after agriculture. And some of the earliest pieces of writing are basically just manifests of goods. Someone would etch symbols to keep track of how much stuff they had. More sophisticated writing would come out of learning to string those symbols together to form large, more complex words.
Writing was not a "necessity" until we started to settle. Since settling is a relatively young concept, so too is writing.
Its fucking mindboggling how long time is,
no just bare with me,
People have lived entire lives, filled with all sorts of emotions in periods that we give a few paragraphs in books today.
I remember reading about the Egyptian "middle kingdom" at the start of my university studies, the textbook we had was all encompassing (albeit a poor one) said something to the tune of:
"During the middle kingdom Egypt was quite unstable, not much happened"
It lasted for 400 fucking years or something, imagine how many entire lifespans that is.
Or that we've been nomads for FAR longer than we've been settled.
Pretty much this exact motion was what made me want to be an archaeologist desu senpai
And like it has been said upthread, using symbols to communicate the meaning of language as we know it today really only came about because Uruk bureaucrat #6751 needed a way to remember how many sheep this farmer or that had to give as tax. Writing didn't evolve anywhere (that we know) for the shit load of time that is prehistory, and within a few thousand years it developed separately in four different places after the people there began to farm the land. However, the oldest example of intentional decoration is over 70 000 years old (Blombos (sp?) cave)
But considering agricultural societies might have shagged their cattle kiddy fiddling might not have been that uncommon.
WRITTEN LANGUAGE WAS NOT NECESSARY UNTIL CIRCA ONE THOUSAND FIVEHUNDRED B C E , DUE TO THE CAPACITY OF HUMANS BEFORE THEN TO COMMUNICATE PSYCHICALLY AND NONVERBALLY; THIS WAS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE EARTH'S ELECTROSPHERE WAS MORE INTENSE THAN IT CURRENTLY IS; THEREFORE IT PROVIDED A MEDIUM FOR ELECTROPSYCHIC WAVES.
Because despite what alot of plebs believe on this board, cultural and technological advancement occurs in a chaotic fashion, interrupted and advanced by factors outside of human control.
Mesopotamia just happened to be first.