When I was a child I would often sit and doodle, drawing interconnected geometric shapes, zig-zags and squiggles, until I had filled an entire sheet of paper with amazingly intricate patterns. Often, when I see a new discovery of some ancient art, cave painting, rock or wood carving, a specialist is called upon to “decipher the meaning” and typically the meaning deciphered has a spiritual or religious tone. “It’s an ancient code!!!” or “It’s a message from/to the gods” and the like. Why, I wonder, do “experts” never say “Hey, maybe they were doodling.”? Don’t get me wrong, these a fascinating windows into our ancient past, but I often think to myself, “If some archaeologist in the distant future were to come across my childhood doodles, what would they attribute them to?