However, I often need the help of others to get me started.
That's what you're here for this time!
There is a fabulous archeologist from Canada who has spent years crawling around ancient caves taking pictures of the world's first paintings. You've seen the images before, the stick-figure hunter, the outline of an animal. But that was not what she was looking for.
You see, she saw something different. A deeper mystery. A puzzle of early communication.
She went right past the outlines of horses, bison, and people and headed for a series of geometric shapes and small symbols. These were symbols that most archeologists and historians had ignored for years. It's akin to being in an art museum where everyone flocks to the Mona Lisa and misses all the other amazing work along the way.
She photographed all the symbols and then compiled them into a chart. (And it was not an easy job!) There were 32 signs that she found repeated in the caves of Spain, France, and Portugal.
But we are left with a question.
What does each sign mean?
Here is a graphic of the signs she found. (Screen shot from Genevieve's TED talk)
For your writing notebook this week choose a few of the symbols and either:
A. Incorporate them into a story or scene.
B. Explain what you think they mean. (Because I'm wondering, too!)
For the original TED talk where Genevieve shares her ideas and research with the world click below.
Happy Writing! I can't wait for you to share your thoughts.