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Posted by Boghound on August 4, 2010

World’s oldest doodle found on rock

Scientists have discovered what is believed to be one of the world’s oldest doodles – an ancient scrawl carved onto a rock by a caveman 4,500 years ago.


Cambridge University experts believe the crudely etched circles are the Neolithic version of a modern office worker’s scribbles on a post-it note.

The 6.6in (17cm) chunk of sandstone was discovered by an amateur archaeologist from the bottom of a deep quarry in Over, Cambs., during a university fun day.

Christopher Evans, director of the university’s Archaeological Unit, thinks the concentric circles were created by one of our early ancestors ”killing time” as opposed to a work of art.

Mr Evans said: ”I think it was a doodle. I don’t think it has any deep and meaningful religious significance.

”In this era of the Neolithic period they had a lot of time on their hands. It could show they were quite bored at times, but we don’t know for sure.

”We do know when they weren’t out harvesting or planting crops they had to find a way of killing time.

”There are Megalithic tombs with concentric circles like this carved into stones – the circles are a form of Megalithic art and typical of the grooved ware pottery of the time.


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