The First Signs
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Why do the same 32 geometric signs appear in caves used by our Ice Age ancestors across Europe? Are they humans’ first attempts at graphic communication, and what do they reveal about the movement of people and ideas? Von Petzinger, the first archaeologist to study these signs systematically, has compiled a database of more than 5,000 examples; she draws on this research to show how we can begin to explore Palaeolithic minds and their capability for abstraction and symbolic thought.