Engraved ochres from the Middle Stone Age levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa.

  title={Engraved ochres from the Middle Stone Age levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa.},
  author={Christopher Stuart Henshilwood and Francesco d'Errico and Ian Watts},
  journal={Journal of human evolution},
  volume={57 1},
Powerful categories of evidence for symbolically mediated behaviour, variously described as 'modern' or 'cognitively modern' human behaviour, are geometric or iconographic representations. After 40,000 years ago such evidence is well documented in much of the Old World and is widely considered as typifying 'modern human culture,' but earlier evidence is rare. In Africa, this includes two deliberately engraved ochre pieces from c. 75,000 year old levels at Blombos Cave, Western Cape, South… CONTINUE READING
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