TED Talkin’ - Ancient cave signs & the dawn of visual communication

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TED Talkin’ - Ancient cave signs & the dawn of visual communication

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This is an episode for: speakers, scientists, communication nerds & cave drawing enthusiasts.

Molly Geoghegan, Narrative Strategist

Molly Geoghegan

Oct 05, 2023

Paleoanthropologist Genevieve von Petzinger is entranced by the engraved signs and symbols found in caves all over the world. She has spent years researching this ancient visual communication and in her 2015 TED Talk, Why are these 32 symbols found in ancient caves all over Europe?, von Petzinger shares what she’s learned. 

Her research catalogs the first ever collection of 32 signs and, stunningly, tracks the same symbols across countries throughout a 30,000 year period starting with the ice age. 

Mikey and Molly analyze Genevieve’s presentation and reflect on the evolution of what “Presentation Thinking” is all about—visual communication and storytelling.

About The Author

Molly Geoghegan, Narrative Strategist

Molly Geoghegan is a writer, organizer, and film school dropout. She hikes frequently with her dog, Guinness, and signs up for too many email newsletters. Having lived in Chicago, Paris, Dublin and Galway, Molly has made her way back to the Rockies and calls Denver, CO home.

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TED Talkin’ - Ancient cave signs & the dawn of visual communication