The first time humans began to record history isn’t exactly known but throughout the years, societies around the world have preserved knowledge about the past.
In ancient times, historians relied mainly on people’s memories for the stories of the past, as there were no written records. In those days, ancient storytellers developed powerful ways of remembering things, particularly special events.
Fast forward to the modern day, we expect history to be recorded based not on the memory of the historian but on written factual evidence.
Traditional ways of “doing history”
Traditionally, histories were transmitted orally through performance and were told from one generation to the next as a story. Performers were encouraged to manipulate their medium for the most pleasing results while preserving the basic story. In addition, aides such as music were used to help historians recall and organize an extensive amount of information in the best possible way.
Important individuals such as kings were immortalized in sculptural traditions and preserved over time. These were often central to the political workings of the kingdom. Even traditional art depicted past events and ceremonies, and provided unparalleled visual records of the lives of people prior to written history.
One major limitation with oral history is that it often includes parallel versions of the same story which makes it difficult to find the single original one.
History based on written records first appeared in Egypt and Sumer a little more than 5000 years ago. For example, the ancient Sumerian people used weeds cut at an angle to make wedge-shaped marks on clay, which was then baked hard. That way, they would record details about the number of cattle, sheep, and wheat. Although many of them could not read and write, those records started to become the basis for further historical accounts.
As societies became more interconnected, people began to compare different accounts of the past and question them. Where there were competing versions of the past, people wanted to know which version is truest. As a result, historians began to give evidence for their accounts of the past in order to be taken seriously. Today, history based on written evidence remains the primary form of preserving records of historical facts and events for future generations. More specifically, modern written history seeks to reconstruct past events objectively and accurately.
But written records have limitations. First of all, history based on written documents only tells us about the lives of the rich and powerful—largely because such history only reach back a few thousand years ago when most of the other people could not read or write, so they weren’t well represented in the documents. Furthermore, written records like books cannot be retrieved once destroyed while publicly available repositories like Wikipedia can easily be edited or deleted. This makes it highly difficult to ascertain the reliability of the information contained in these platforms.
The Historia Alternative
Historia aims to make History deep, rich and accurate. Historia is a blockchain-based database focused on recording the original account of history to ensure that knowledge of the past is preserved for years to come. Thanks to blockchain technology, current and future events facts can be validated as accurate accounts and recorded in an immutable database to deter alteration and deletion.
Unlike written records that cannot be recovered once destroyed or lost, Historia blockchain preserves historical facts and events in their original form for several years to come. With blockchain, it is impossible for this information to be altered, deleted or censored by a bad actor or government entity.
More importantly, Historia empowers everyone to become the historian—to actively record and preserve historical events as they happen and ensure that no parallel versions emerge in the future.
Help us in our efforts to preserve original history. Join Historia blockchain today.
Historia is a community project. The influence of any one superpower does not endure in Historia. The project is for the greater good of the global community with allegiance to no one except the everlasting truth of how it actually happened. If you would like to be a part Historia discussion, join us on Discord and let us know your thoughts. All spectrum of opinions and facts wanted, come all.
Want new articles before they get published?
Subscribe to our Awesome Newsletter.