Even cavemen used social networks


    London: Scientists claim to have discovered a ‘prehistoric version of Facebook’ used by Bronze Age tribes to communicate with each other. Studying thousands of images scrawled across two granite rock sites in Russia and Sweden, a Cambridge University team claimed the sites were like an “archaic version” of the social networks where users shared thoughts and emotions and gave stamps of approval to other contributions — similar to the Facebook “like”.

    “There’s clearly something quite special about these spaces. I think people went there

    because they knew people had been there before them, study researcher Mark Sapwell said. “Like today, people have always wanted to feel connected to each other — this was an expression of identity for these very early societies, before written language,” he said.

    Scientists believe ancient man continued to go back to the exact same locations to draw and communicate for thousands of years as it provided them with “comfort” and a deep human “connection”.

    According to Sapwell, the sites they are investigating — one in Zalavruga in Russia and another in Namforsen, northern Sweden — contain around 2,500 images such as animals, humans, boats and hunting parties.

    Sapwell said, “Like a Facebook status invites comment, the rock art invites addition — the way the variations of image both mirror and reinterpret act as a kind of call and response between different packs of hunters across hundreds — even thousands — of years.”