University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Gretchen Anderson Gwynne

Pipestave Hollow Ideography

Possible Calendrical Notations from the Northeast

By: Gretchen Anderson Gwynne

Alexander Marshack (1972) has argued that some incised designs on Old World artifacts—mainly from the Upper Palaeo­lithic—were notational and, in many cases, calendrical rather than simply decorative or symbolic, in a general or abstract sense. His work, much of it involving careful examination under a microscope, sets out to demonstrate three things: that these de­signs […]