Credit: Paul Shields, University of York
British archaeologists discovered a 10,000-year-old crayon.
22mm by 7mm
It’s made of hematite; crayons are made of wax
Powdery consistency – closer to chalk than crayon
Not natural in origin due to lack of crystal lattice
Conclusion is in essence that people created art 10,000 years ago.
Objects carry more meaning than their face value. While from one point of view an object is only the matter which it encompasses, extrapolation can reveal different and more abstract aspects of culture.