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an explorer in Blombos Cave on the southern coast of South Africa
December 29, 2014

Artists’ Cave

Perched near Africa’s southern tip, Blombos Cave has yielded some of the earliest evidence of symbolic expression, including shell beads, engraved ocher, and ocher-processing kits that are 100,000 years old.

See more photos from the January 2015 feature story “First Artists.”

Photograph by Stephen Alvarez, National Geographic

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