A human handprint made about 30,000 years ago, on the wall of the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in southern France. Somebody tried to say, “I was here!” but of course, with no written language, this person just made his Mark which the cave painters did more artistically.
The picture and text are taken from the book “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari. We do not know the sex of this Homo Sapiens person but I am guessing that a man would be more probably engaged in wanting to make his Mark.
At this time our ancestors had developed language and I wonder whether they had their own names. I would like to give our hand printer a name and I have decided on Denis. The Neanderthals and Denisovans were two other human species who have left their DNA mark in Homo Sapiens today. The Denisovans (from the east) are not likely to be represented in our handprint man but I took my choice of a name from them. Just by chance I found that Denis was the first bishop of Paris and is the Patron Saint of France! Then, by another chance, I found that the name Denis is a derivation of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and revelry - a good name then for a bishop!
September 2008 Modern Day Adventures of Joseph Watson
In the footsteps of Lyme Park’s gamekeeper - Emily Orford
October 2008 Millennium Walkway in the Torrs
November 2008 Marple 300 Million Years Ago
Dr Fred Broadhurst
December 2008 Christmas Party – Members only
“What and Where in Marple” - Photo Quiz - David Burridge
January 2009 Styal Country Park
February 2009 Who’s Been Living in my house?
March 2009 History of Railways in Marple
April 2009 AGM – followed by: A Present from Marple
July 2009 Cheese & Wine Evening
at the Old Vicarage, Mellor