What is the article about?

  • The article talks about British archaeologistsĀ finding a 10,000-year-old crayon. They described it as a “crayon-like object” and they also discussed other materials found that helped them understand the culture of the hunter-gatherers who were on the shores of the ancient lake many years ago.

What is interesting or problematic about the article?

  • I find it interesting how they made it seem like it was a “crayon” but then they say that its an improbable natural formation comprised of haematite (a mineral). Why can’t it be considered chalk? Did they say it was a crayon to spark more interest in the article?

What questions does the article inspire for you?

  • I want to know more about the ancient hunter-gatherers and who exactly they are because the article mainly talks about a crayon but mentions the people.

The article can be found here: https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-crayon-lets-archaeologists-draw-conclusions

Haltman’s original text:

“While only some of culture takes material form, the part that records the shape and imprint of otherwise more abstract, conceptual, or even metaphysical aspects of that culture that they quite literally embody” (emphasis mine, 2).

Haltman’sĀ Passage paraphrased:

Objects have a meaning behind it even if they just look like a certain thing. If you analyze it more fruitfully then you can learn from the culture in which they come from.

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