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Moving images, prehistoric style. They’ve found a bunch of these things and the current thinking is that they were toys. The current thinking.

I really liked this article in Science News.

Thousands of objects, some over 20,000 years old, have been traditionally explained as having some nonobvious ritual or religious significance, because they were…weird and inexplicable. More recent analysis of some of the clay objects have shown tiny fingerprints: they were made by children. Others may well have been made by adults for children.

I’m sure our ancestors would seem super religious to us, or at least terribly superstitious, but not EVERYthing was a ritual object, for crying out loud. This buttresses nicely with my personal thesis that the Willendorf Venus (and her sisters) were porno.

Think about carrying that object in the pocket of your…caveman suit. It would be pretty, erm. Tactile.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: February 12, 2018, 9:45 pm

I just find it stunning that our ancestors had moving images as much as 13,000 years ago. The Victorians were still using essentially the same technology.

How far we have come. And so quickly.

Comment from Niña
Time: February 12, 2018, 11:03 pm

Back when I did archeology the joke was that if you couldn’t figure out its function, you called it ritual. Fair enough!

That’s pretty cool, though.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 13, 2018, 1:34 am

Swease, tell me this is a real Brit thing…


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 13, 2018, 2:46 am

I’d start making these and sell them as a toy or a medallion. You could make a mint. However, I wonder if someone holds the rights to reproducing these. Dont think they shd.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: February 13, 2018, 12:37 pm

Can I get the 64k color version?

Comment from Sigivald
Time: February 13, 2018, 9:42 pm

It’s like we historical re-creation guys joke about: Everything not obvious is either religious or “a gaming token”.

Every time.

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