Cave Art Researcher: Genevieve von Petzinger | Best Job Ever

Cave Art Researcher: Genevieve von Petzinger | Best Job Ever


see think emojis are new they are actually only the latest in a 40,000 year history of humans using little visual marks [Music] my name is Genevieve on pets hair I am a paleoanthropologist and rock art researcher I study some of the oldest art in the world it’s pretty but that’s not why I study it it’s because I’m really fascinated with trying to understand how humans became us in mind as well as embody so fascinating to try and understand is is that mental cognitive journey they went on that results have been math music and writing and going to space creating super computers came out of these little brains that our ancestors helped to shape by the way they live their lives during the Stone Age the oldest art we have in the world right now is actually in Spain and it’s at forty thousand eight hundred years ago which is incredible I studied the cave art of iceage Europe particularly the little geometric signs the dots the lines the triangles the circles these things are so often overlooked by all those flashy mammoths and bison that are floating around on the walls we’re starting out talking about writing yet but we could very well be looking at one of the oldest graphic communication systems in the world writing systems don’t appear till around 5,000 years ago we just take it so granted right this tiny little simple character embodies this incredibly complex human emotion they have the power to actually convey a lot in a very condensed very simplified for me I think the geometric signs are even if we don’t know what they meant I think they were very powerful as well I mean what we don’t know far exceeds what we do our knowledge of the art that existed is so partial I mean it’s it’s almost a fluke every time we try to cave but I guarantee you for every one we found it’s probably to you that we haven’t yet this is a really exciting time to be working in this field there’s none of discoveries that comes to the age of the art new places are popping up there are so many blank spots on that mouth that I want to fill I mean I a copy feeling that there are literally hundreds of caves waiting to be documented and I mean this was so exciting about being Explorer now is I’m starting to see the possibility for taking what I’ve done and maybe even scaling it up to a more global level [Music]

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