|The CNP Museum|
Dordogne itself is a beautiful part of the world, dominated by lush green forests interspersed with pretty rural villages. Many wooded mountains and cliff tops tower above the meandering valleys, and it is in these that the naturally-created grottes can be found. Throughout the Upper Palaeolithic, homo sapiens sapiens - human beings who were fundamentally the same as us, biologically-speaking - entered some of these caves, crawling into their deepest, darkest recesses, where, under the flickering illumination of lamp light, they proceeded to engrave or paint animal imagery onto the cave walls, sometimes leaving painted dots or hand prints in their place.
|The entrance to Font de Gomme.|
Overall, it was a fantastic week that I won't be forgetting any time soon, and while my personal research interests focus on areas that are more recent than the Upper Palaeolithic, my appetite for the cave art of this period has definitely been whetted. My thanks go out to everyone who made it such a memorable experience, and especially to Didier, whose hard work in organising everything really paid off !