Conservation as we know it is mostly about aesthetics
News events were regularly put into verse, printed on cheap broadsides and pamphlets, and sung to a familiar tune
The Inkas managed to centralise and collapse mathematics, language, accounting and history into a durable and portable recording device.
Scholars are finally in a position to propose that Ancient Greek music is likely, after all, to be at the root of Western music.
Long before mobile phones or even photography, diaries were kept as a way to understand oneself and the world one inhabits.