Re: MEDIA: NOVA on Gamma Ray Bursters

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Sat Jan 12 2002 - 15:17:18 MST

> > 'civilizations'. They can be considered cultures, but not civilizations
> > due to this absence of writing technology.
> Interesting. What do you say about pre-Columbian South America (esp the
> Incas and Chimu)? As I understand these did have cities and complex large
> scale political organisation but no writing system. SD

They /did/ have "writing systems" if you include the quipu, which is a
reasonable equivalent, allowing them to keep permanent records of things,
do symbolic math, etc.

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