52 The First Signs

British Columbia
Host: 
Kirk LaPointe
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 8:30pm
Revue Stage
$20

Imagine yourself as a caveperson. It’s 25,000 years ago and your cave walls are filled with illustrations, handprints, dots, triangles and spirals. You know what it all means—but then you and your people vanish. Archaeologist Genevieve von Petzinger has scrabbled over the rock art sites of northern Portugal, plunged into caverns and dived into remote Spanish caves that can only be reached by sliding face-first through the mud to make sense of these mysterious geometric signs and symbols that offer an opening into the Paleolithic mind. Acting as a guide and sleuth, von Petzinger, who is completing her PhD and was selected as a TED Senior Fellow, has written what anthropologist Wade Davis calls “one of the most extraordinary scientific insights of our time.”