- Nov 1, 2006
Heard of Adam's Calendar?Southern Africa was on the verge of it IMO. The evidence is very clear with the likes of Great Zimbabwe, which was put up around 1200AD.
Great Zimbabwe: 1200AD
Broch of Mousa: 100BC
I suspect the reason why Southern Africa was behind a lot of other places is simply due to climate. The weather in Southern Africa is comparatively mild. The summers are hot, but not Egypt hot, and the winters are cold, but not northern Europe cold. They didn't need to rely as much on technology to survive as much as other places did, hence they didn't have as much of a need to develop written language. As the saying goes: necessity is the mother of invention.
Storing food for a winter for example is one of those things that would drive the development of a written language.
Anyone wanting to claim cultural superiority or inferiority because of this would be pretty stupid as this is a purely environmental explanation.