Why are these 32 symbols found in caves all over Europe | Genevieve von Petzinger

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Written language, the hallmark of human civilization, didn't just suddenly appear one day. Thousands of years before the first fully developed writing systems, our ancestors scrawled geometric signs across the walls of the caves they sheltered in. Paleoanthropologist and rock art researcher Genevieve von Petzinger has studied and codified these ancient markings in caves across Europe. The uniformity of her findings suggest that graphic communication, and the ability to preserve and transmit messages beyond a single moment in time, may be much older than we think.

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Geez people, often the presenters here aren't professional speakers, they're specialists in their respective fields. Cut them some slack, they're brave for speaking in front of a room full of people, not as easy as it looks.

Author — cholesterolkilla


The caves were the closest things that early man had to a refrigerator. The kids drawings always end up in the refrigerator.

Author — ingebrecht


Wow, Cybil Sheppard is really intelligent.

Author — John Salvage


💕 I’d watch her talk about dirt for hours.

Author — Ndow Roccus


Thank you for taking the time to explore and document these early artworks. I'd also like to thank you for doing the presentation. Great information and very interesting...

Author — Brandon Gentry


Man that hand print shown near the start of the video really got to me for some reason. It’s like our ancestors telling the harsh world, “We are here, and we’re here to stay.”

Author — CommittingSloth


10, 000 yrs from now
When trains and subways
are discovered
crushed and buried
By plate tectonic
Some archeologists
will be making same
speech about graffiti.

Author — Larry Boone


These paintings translate to:
Josh + Amy.
That was just the early language of man before verbal words.

Author — Monster Mousse


I think this is fascinating and informative. I love old caves and our early ancestors 😊❤️💕

Author — hi there


(a) Bird
(b) Bird doing ballet
(c) Bird on LSD

Author — Surfing On Squarewaves


tl, dw humans first communicated graphically by hand drawn emojis. dayum, we are regressing 🤔

Author — haierthanhai


Interesting. I'd like to hear more of a breakdown of individual signs, where they were found, what they might mean, etc.

Author — David Smith


That's incredible... You're awe inspiring

Author — witeporcelan


Very well done, she explains so much more than the symbols, if you just listen, and understand!

Author — Chad Comer


Why all the dislikes???... what people were expecting?... I don't care about others but I find this fascinating. Thanks for the great work!

Author — Zashorigin


This is interesting, but I have those same pictographs all down my hall from my Troglodyte sons and now grandkids.

Author — Abby Babby


If I could do my life again, now
In this moment... I'd do what you're doing. I'm a crazy rock hound! I love rocks and the portable rock art I've found is refined beautifully worked pieces of art.

Author — Dee Pederson


how do I really know these 'ancient drawings/symbols' are not modern and made to manipulate todays mind into thinking a certain way about history. I am not saying I truly think this, I am questioning whats being told.

Author — Luxx J


All I could think about when I watched this video was "hobo" signs. Perhaps signs telling others of what benefits or dangers lurked in the surroundings, like a treasure map for a transient population. It certainly points to a certain level of awareness that separate "others" might benefit from this knowledge. I am a not at all familiar with this area of study though, so I could just be restating the obvious.

Author — Tim Easterling


Earliest human trolling. "Spray paint your butt on Grog's wall."

Archeologist: "These are complex thinkers, evolving highly developed communication skills to stay alive..."

Author — Johan Doah