Disability History Month talk: Thinking Differently - Autism and prehistoric art

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture


Fascinating similarities exist between some of the most impressive and remarkable examples of ice age art and the art made by talented individuals with autism. Were individuals with autism even present ten to thirty thousand years ago? and if so what possible influence could they have had on the art of these ancient hunting and gathering communities? I will take you on a journey through how individuals with autism think differently, what we know of social support and tolerance in the distant past, and conflicting debates about ice age art and lastly come to some perhaps surprisingly conclusions about the role of autism in the distant past.
Period21 Nov 2017
Event titleDisability History Month
Event typeOther
LocationYORK, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • autism
  • prehistory
  • Palaeolithic art