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Blombos Ocher Plaque

Recording information on objects

This ocher plaque has marks that may have been used to count or store information. A close-up look at the object shows that the markings are clearly organized. This systematic pattern suggests to some researchers that the markings represent information rather than decoration.

Image Credit: Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution
Blombos Ocher Plaque
Exhibit Item
Date of discovery: 1991
Discovered by: Christopher Henshilwood
Site: Blombos Cave, Republic of South Africa
Page last updated: February 9, 2016