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Early art comes out top

- Wits University

National Geographic features Witsies.

National Geographic grantee and Wits researcher, Professor Christopher Henshilwood, and his team feature in the January edition of the magazine in an article on humankind’s “First Artists”.

“The greatest innovation in the history of humankind was neither the stone nor the steel sword, but the invention of symbolic expression by the First Artists,” the article reads.

With the TracSymbols Poject, Henshilwood, an archaeologist from the Wits Evolutionary Studies Institute, and his team have made ground breaking discoveries of early art in South African caves such as Blombos Cave and are currently conducting new archaeological excavations at Klipdrift Shelter, located in De Hoop Nature Reserve, southern Cape.