Lascaux, their childhood sweetheart

Lascaux, their childhood sweetheart
Finders honoured on 70th anniversary of their discovery

Lascaux Cave is well-known the world over, thanks to four boys who came up with a brilliant idea on 12 September, 1940. The barbarity of a tormented century later forced them apart and they went their different, dangerous ways. A generation on, it was Thierry Félix’s turn to fall under the spell at Lascaux. He decided to tell us just what happened before the fabulous find and relate the experiences of each of these men.

Centre d’Accueil de la Préhistoire aux Eyzies

Official opening of the Centre d’Accueil de la Préhistoire in Les Eyzies
Welcome aboard the cyberpast ship

White, white everywhere… hostesses light as the feathers of an angel… suave voices… sounds from space… could this be Paradise? No, no… a thousand times no! This is Earth… quite definitely so. We are in the Dreamworld imagined by the P.I.P. (the historical tribe at the Pôle International de la Préhistoire): Dreamworld turned Realworld in the form of “Le Vaisseau du Cyberpassé” (“The Cyberpast Ship”), ready to take off, thanks to the sheer audaciousness of its architect, Raphaël Voinchet.

Mykolas Cave, Excavations 2010

Death after life 5,000 years ago.

Mother-of-pearl beads and ceramic vases discovered during excavations in and around Mykolas Cave over the past four years have disclosed information about death after life. Thanks to these precious findings, which have been dated with precision, the ground our ancestors trod as they brought their dead into the cave 5,000 years ago has been located this year.
Inside the cave: a skull amid circles made with bones, ceramic fragments and stones, positioned exactly as it had been laid down. An unknown and intact burial act which is the “raison d’être” of these excavations concerning a period of time and burial procedures which have rarely been examined.

Man has lived in the Périgord for 450,000 years.
A look at our ancestors — a surefire prehistoric cliff-hanger!

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Musée de l'Homme de Néandertal