Writing is a technology in Age of Empires that allows allies to share explored areas of the map. It also allows the player to view all actions of their allies within the range of their units, buildings and fortifications.

To research this technology, 200 food and 75 gold is required. It is available in the Government Center once the Bronze Age is reached.

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The advance of writing is benchmark technology often used to separate those cultures that were civilized from those that were barbaric.  The key importance of writing is that it allowed information to be stored and passed on easily, thereby accelerating the accumulation and spread of knowledge.  Writing is believed to have been invented between 4000 and 3000 B.C. in Sumeria.  The first writing was in simple pictures called pictograms that gradually evolved into symbols representing the picture.  Egyptian hieroglyphics first appeared between 3300 and 3100 B.C., and are thought to have been inspired by cuneiform, the Sumerian symbolic writing. Writing appeared in China after 1600 B.C.
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