Pause-Déjeuner: Paleolithic Art and Ritual in the Dordogne, October 28

Trinkaus at work
Erik Trinkaus at work in the Grotte de Cussac

Southern France, along with northern Spain, is famous for its Upper Paleolithic cave art. Internationally renowned sites such as Lascaux, Chauvet, and Altamira stand out among dozens of smaller caves with paintings and/or engravings on their walls, deep within their limestone hills.

In 2000 a 1.6 km-long gallery with spectacular engravings, the Grotte de Cussac, was discovered in the Dordogne. A multidisciplinary team based in Bordeaux studied the Grotte de Cussac and found it to be exceptional for its deeply incised engravings and the presence of ritually disposed human remains. Deep within the Dordogne, it raises interesting questions about human behavior.

Erik Trinkaus, a well-known authority on the biology and behavior of Upper Paleolithic humans, was among the more than forty specialists who studied the site and its remains. In this Pause-Déjeuener presentation, he will will take us on a brief trip back three hundred centuries to the dynamic art and funerary behavior of the prehistoric people who frequented this remarkable cave.

Friday, October 28, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, via Zoom

This presentation will be in English.