The First Signs

The First Signs

Unlocking the Mysteries of the World's Oldest Symbols

Book - 2016
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"Archaeologist Genevieve von Petzinger looks past the horses, bison, ibex, and faceless humans in the ancient paintings and instead focuses on the abstract geometric images that accompany them. She offers her research on the terse symbols that appear more often than any other kinds of figures--signs that have never really been studied or explained until now"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.,, 2016
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476785493
Branch Call Number: ANF 302.222309 VON
Characteristics: ix, 307 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm


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ontherideau Oct 20, 2017

Ice Age rock art that is 10,000 years old- for me, learning of language and communication of humans so long ago is fascinating. It's wonderful that books like this get published and that public libraries make them available to all of us, so many generations removed.

Aug 25, 2017

Many debates about intentions of the originators-mentions often they were at the same cognitive level...but they lacked "history of invention" (p. 240). She describes and categorises the findings and come up with interesting observations. Appreciate the labour involved (she describes the dangers of her explorations). The colour photograph inserts are good as well-truly they're gifted in spotting these markings in the first place.

Mar 15, 2017

This is a mixed bag of her own travel/ research activities, a brief an informal introduction to prehistoric archeology and it purported to being an answer to the question in the title: why are there 32 signs seen regularly in prehistoric Europe. The answer, well, wasn't clearly given, except to say that its highly unlikely that we'll ever know. Many suggestions are too briefly surveyed, like the one that there are consistent patterns to what people see when in the dark for a long time (entoptics). Nevertheless, its a fascinating topic - at least I find it so - and thats what kept me reading till the end (the writing was quite informal and flat).

Aug 13, 2016

A pathetic pretense at scholarly work. I'm embarrassed for her for not knowing the difference.


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Aug 30, 2017

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