The International History Project, The invention of writing was one of the great advances in civilization. Writing, in fact, helps assure the continuity of civilization, because it carries a tangible record of the human race from generation to generation. The earliest writing can be traced to Sumer, in Mesopotamia. This system did not use an alphabet, instead it used pictographs which are symbols representing familiar objects.
Origin[ edit ] The Aztec writing system is adopted from writing systems used in Central Mexico, such as Zapotec writing. Mixtec writing is also thought to descend from the Zapotec. The first Oaxacan inscriptions are thought to encode Zapotec, partially because of numerical suffixes characteristic of the Zapotec languages.
It also contained syllabic signs and logograms. There was no alphabet, but puns also contributed to recording sounds of the Aztec language. While some scholars have understood the system to not be considered a complete writing system, this is a changing topic.
The existence of logograms and syllabic signs are being documented and a phonetic aspect of the writing system has emerged,  even though many of the syllabic characters have been documented since at least by Nuttall.
In native manuscripts, the sequence of historical events are indicted by a line of footprints leading from one place or scene to another. The ideographic nature of the writing is apparent in abstract concepts, such as death, represented by a corpse wrapped for burial; night, drawn as a black sky and a closed eye; war, by a shield and a club; and speech, illustrated as a little scroll issuing from mouth of the person who is talking.
The concepts of motion and walking were indicated by a trail of footprints. This is especially evident in the glyphs of town names. Aztec Glyphs do not have a set reading order, as do Maya hieroglyphs. As such, they may be read in any direction which forms the correct sound values in the context of the glyph.
However, there is an internal reading order in that any sign will be followed by the next sign for the following sound in the word being written. They do not jumble up the sounds in a word. Numerals[ edit ] The Aztec numerical system was vigesimal.
They indicated quantities up to twenty by the requisite number of dots. A flag was used to indicate twenty, repeating it for quantities up to four hundred, while a sign like a fir tree, meaning numerous as hairs, signified four hundred. The next unit, eight thousand, was indicated by an incense bag, which referred to the almost innumerable contents of a sack of cacao beans.
A cartographic map would hold an elaborately detailed history recording events. The maps were painted to be read in sequence, so that time is established by the movement of the narrative through the map and by the succession of individual maps. Aztecs also used continuous year-count annals to record anything that would occur during that year.
All the years are painted in a sequence and most of the years are generally in a single straight line that reads continually from left to right. Events, such as solar eclipses, floods, droughts, or famines, are painted around the years, often linked to the years by a line or just painted adjacent to them.
Specific individuals were not mentioned often, but unnamed humans were often painted in order to represent actions or events.Some ours, some sent to us! Archaeology and Anthropology Lesson Plans. Mixed Up Pots: Decorate five or six old clay flower pots with paint or magic markets.
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