Archaeologists have found the oldest known art from our early ancestors.

These carvings are thousands of years older than the earliest cave paintings — also in southern France. Who carved them, and why? And what’s the link between art and language?

Linguist Daniel Midgley goes palaeolithic on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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A grab bag of articles contributed to this show, and here they are.
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/05/engravings-of-female-genitalia.html
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gMCyK5oTw8icc-StsTS8yyX0uR_Q?docId=CNG.e2e54aa5b44f9d99e0dc6a6da2435057.5a1
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/archaeologists-in-france-find-what-could-be-oldest-wall-art/story-e6frf7jx-1226355870263

Original article, but paywall:
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/05/08/1119663109

Here’s some more on Mesopotamian clay tokens.
http://www.ancientscripts.com/cuneiform.html