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Last week, preserved in the clean, still atmosphere of a cave on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi, archaeologists discovered an intact and visible example of rock art, dated as being at least 51, 000 years old!

The red-pigment scene depicts human-like figures wielding spears and ropes, alongside a large pig-like creature.

It is the oldest, known example of storytelling art by Homo Sapiens in the world.

Since the origin of mankind, humans have used stories to educate, inform, entertain, and provide cultural continuity. Stories emerged long before the written word and have a unique ability to connect us to a meaningful message – one which resonates – and endures – more than the written word.

Stories are created, stored and recalled with the use of our associative memory. This makes us well equipped to become storytelling organisms, utilising narrative structures to help organise our thoughts and to help share these thoughts or messages with others.

Little wonder then, that the most recent discovery of rock art in Indonesia helps provide a story of what life was like over 50,000 years ago in this region of the world.

The inherent value of story should be re-integrated into companies and organisations who wish to educate or inform their staff and customers about their beginnings and respective path to their current state.

What stories could/should you be telling about your team, business, or organisation?

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