inscriptions on the BITCOIN blockchain
ORIGINAL, Non-derivative archeological art collection composed of 12 Genesis Ordinals clays (the first form of written language) inscribed now in perpetuity onto L1 Bitcoin blockchain.
Where it all began...
One of the most significant creations of mankind is also one of the most taken for granted. The written word. How could we as a species advance into the complex civilizations, that we also take for granted, without this underappreciated bit of technology? The short answer is that we couldn't.The Sumerian people inhabited ancient Mesopotamia. This region is also known as the Fertile Crescent, due to Mesopotamia's being situated between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Thanks to the seasonal flooding of these rivers, the land was fertile and lush. This allowed our ancestors to develop an agrarian civilization as opposed to being hunter/gatherers.This new way of life required a way to keep records reliably. Prior to this time, humans used oral tradition to record their history. However, this growing nation State with its new technologies, would not be able to rely on oral tradition for long. As more people settled in and near the cities, the inhabitants needed to be able to keep records related to agriculture and trade especially.The first Sumerian pictographs etched into clay appeared around 3,500 B.C. We call this early form of writing cuneiform. These first tablets did not contain stories of the Mesopotamian gods such as Enki or Enlil, nor did they enthrall the reader with ancient myths and legends. These first tablets were simply ledgers related to the trade and movement of grain and other agricultural commodities.Cuneiform led to better record-keeping, which led to new technologies, which led to new professions (such as that of the Scribe), and an entirely new way for humanity to exist on this planet was ultimately created.It all started with a ledger.Clay tablets are relatively durable, but not impervious to the ravages of time or the occasional clumsy human. While we do owe the Sumerians a great debt of gratitude for their world-changing invention, just think for a moment of how much history has been lost by way of lost/destroyed records. Imagine a technology where information could be stored in such a way that made it impossible to lose or destroy. The notion of a ledger that could keep perfect records, available to all, and impervious to the ravages of time seems fantastical. What would we even call this amazing technological breakthrough? What if I told you that such a ledger did exist, and it already has a name?BitcoinOn January 3rd, 2009 an anonymous human, or group, known only as Satoshi Nakamoto published the Bitcoin White-paper. In the span of 5,500 years, we see the technology of record keeping come full circle when modern humans perfected what our ancient ancestors began. There is truly nothing new under the sun.By no other but the talented community member and project enthusiast
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