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A perfect illustration of the introductory paragraph! These dermoplasties (life-size reconstructions) portray Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnon. At the International Prehistory Centre you will find a wealth of tourist information related to Prehistory, with an educational section and a space for cultural and scientific events. Its website is a mine of information: www.pole-prehistoire.com. It's located right next to the National Museum of Prehistory, another reference on the subject.
A masterpiece of rock art, Lascaux is nicknamed the "Sistine Chapel of Prehistory" because, like the room in the Vatican painted by Michelangelo, drawings cover the walls right up to the ceiling. Lascaux Cave is one of the most important Palaeolithic caves (from 3 million to 10,000 years BC.). The facsimile Lascaux II is always open to visitors in Montignac, close to the original cave.
Are you a prehistory enthusiast? Then come to the Montignac-Lascaux International Centre of Parietal Art, opening its doors in the coming months! With this new facility, which uses the latest and the most sophisticated imaging and virtual reality technologies, you will be totally transported back to prehistoric times. The “tour guide,” a connected device, will adapt the tour according to your age, language, and if needed, any disability.
Like you and me, prehistoric man liked facing the south or east; it's easy to picture him under the canopy overlooking the Vézère ... The Madeleine rock shelter is part of the collection of prehistoric sites and decorated caves in the Vézère valley that have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. This rock shelter has delivered a large amount of mobiliary art from the end of the Upper Paleolithic age. It is part of a vast cave dwelling site. Of course at the time, the stone walls that you see in the picture did not exist, they were erected during the Middle Ages.
If you are passing through Bourg-sur-Gironde and Blaye (two wine appellations north of Bordeaux), don't miss a visit to Pair-Non-Pair, a small decorated cave, located in the municipality of Prignac-et-Marcamps. It took a cow getting its leg stuck for it to be discovered! Small but very rich, its 46 etchings, created between -33,000 and -36,000 BC., depict mainly animals: goats, horses, cattle, mammoths and a rare Megaloceros deer. A very moving testimony of the artistic awakening of humanity.
Another symbolic site of prehistory is located in the Arberoue valley in the Basque Country: the caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya. On this photo, you'll notice the natural concretions of the Oxocelhaya cave, but some of its galleries contain parietal representations like those in the Isturitz cave.
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