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I suggest you consider land surveying as the second oldest. Documentation dates to Ancient Egypt (3000 BC), although I am uncertain how they were compensated. Surveyors worked re-establishing boundaries when the Nile flooded its banks, and there are physical records from China, India, and Babylon as well (Kavanagh & Bird, 2000). See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rope_stretcherFauxpens (talk) 20:06, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
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