Main techniques dating hominids
teeth and two hominid fossils accompanied with abundant mammalian fossils and stone artifacts were unearthed from the site.
Previous dating result is questioned because of the complexity of deposition history.
To begin addressing this gap in our knowledge, my first study consisted of compiling and analyzing a relational database of all known geometric signs found in France during the Upper Paleolithic period, and then looking for patterns of continuity and change over time and space.
For this project, I detailed chronological and regional patterning in sign type frequency and examined the implications of these patterns for understanding where, when and why the making of non-figurative signs would have been meaningful to the creators of these images.
Based on this, I included these descriptive category names in my typology since they are the most widely recognized designations, as well as using geometric descriptions (e.g. Below is the current working typology for all known geometric signs found in France during the Upper Paleolithic period.
Even at this stage, I already had visions of comparing the signs at the continental level to look for interregional patterns, but I first needed to see if there was even anything to be gained by approaching the non-figurative imagery in this way. "Les Signes Prehistoriques" in L'Art pariétal paléolithique.
This leads to interesting questions regarding the geographical and temporal origins of these markings – some of the signs already appear to be widely distributed even at 35,000 years ago (e.g.