This article was published by Cosmos magazine and contains information about an “ancient crayon” discovered by archaeologists. It is interesting that this object is more than 10,000 years old and was able to be used and created at this time. According to the article this was found during the stone age.
Paraphrase “While only some of culture takes material form, the part that does records the shape and imprint of otherwise more abstract, conceptual,or even metaphysical aspects of that culture that they quite literally embody.” (Haltman)
I think this passage means that objects record and contain thoughts, and emotions, and other things you can not always see or feel.