Meet a 5,000 year old accountant

We work with accountants across the UK, providing both their practices and their clients with a flexible finance solution both clients and accountants love. One thing we have come to realise is that accountants are always early adopters and innovators. They are not afraid of trying new things in the pursuit of development.

As it turns out, accountants have seemingly always been like this as recently discovered evidence show that the first human name we know is the name of a Mesopotamian accountant! 

In Yuval Noah Harari's new book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind he goes back 33 centuries before Christ to a 5,000-year-old clay tablet found in Mesopotamia. He deciphers the writing on the tablet and it reads: "A total of 29,086 measures of barley were received over the course of 37 months. Signed, Kushim." It suggests that Kushim was a record keeper who counted things with this tablet - in short, an accountant.

It is telling that the first recorded name in history belongs to an accountant, rather than a prophet, a poet, or a great conquerer. Like now, it seems like what most people did back then was business. 

It is clear that kings come, kings go, but keeping track of your incomings and outgoings - be it barley, sheep or pound sterling - that's the real story of the world.

You can read the whole story from National Geographic here.

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