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Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

African historical gains are often ignored or overlooked. Much of today's technology is due to Ancient African technology and this article is to allow us all a chance to revisit and remember.

Home for the earliest evidence of measuring and counting technologies are the Lebombo mountains of Swaziland. More than 35,000 years ago this device was used to track lunar cycles or track menstrual cycles or just a ruler. It is called a Lebombo bone and was made from a baboon fibula and named after its modern place of discovery.

A similar device was discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It dates back 20,000 years ago for its usage. Called an Isahgo Bone by discoverers. An original bone is currently housed in Europe's Brussels, Museum of Natural Science.

Other devices included the Gebet or Mancala which was an ancient board game and is still in use today.

A document called the Moscow Papyrus is housed in Vladimir Golenishchev's collection is Russia. The document includes 25 mathematical problems including how to measure a ships rudder, how to measure the outside of a basket and the volume of Furstrum as well as various ways of solving unknowns. The document was used during 13th dynasty Kemet.

Other important documents include the Rhind Papyrus and Medu Neter which is likely the first bible.

Home for the world's oldest universities is Timbuktu in Mali. As many as 700,000 scripts have been rediscovered and attest to the continuous knowledge of advanced mathematics and science in africa well before European colonization.

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