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Mathematical Symbols

A brief article written for pupils about mathematical symbols.

Stone Age Counting

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

These drawings were found in La Pileta cave in Spain and could be up to $25 000$ years old.
What do you think these drawings represent?

Could they be about counting things?
What might 'stone-age' people count?

Might they be the earliest known number patterns?

You could try and make up your own way of recording counting.

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