Ancient African Mathematics and Ancient Civilizations by Michael Tellinger

Africa is home to the world’s earliest known use of measuring and calculation, confirming the continent as the birthplace of both basic and advanced mathematics. Thousands of years ago, Africans were using numerals, algebra and geometry in daily life. This knowledge spread throughout the entire world after a series of migrations out of Africa, beginning around 30,000 BC, and later following a series of invasions of Africa by Europeans and Asians (1700 BC-present).

The oldest complex Mathematical System was found in 1950 in Eastern Congo in the region known as Ishango. It is a carved bone which consisted of notches on 3 faces on the carved bone. These notches suggests an ancient knowledge of multiplication and prime numbers using the number 12 as the base number.

Southern Africa is home to the oldest known signs of human intelligence on earth, suggesting it might be the birthplace of civilization. At the Blombos cave near the coast of modern-day South Africa, archaeologists have discovered 75,000 year old artistic engravings and 80,000 year old tools. The site also shows evidence of fishing, dating back to perhaps 140,000 years.

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