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Return to Chauvet Cave: Excavating the Birthplace of Art - The First Full Report

Jean Clottes

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ISBN 10: 0500511195 / ISBN 13: 9780500511190
Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2003
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Title: Return to Chauvet Cave: Excavating the ...

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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The discovery of the Chauvet Cave in December 1994 was a remarkable event. The incredible age of the paintings, which dated back 35,000 years, and their exceptionally high quality were the source of both astonishment and admiration, and the images of mammoths, rhinoceroses, lions, bears, horses and bison have since been seen around the world.Several years ago, a team of specialists from many different disciplines, led by Jean Clottes, began the first detailed scientific study of the cave. This collaborative project has been extremely fruitful and the cave has slowly revealed many of secrets of its origins: its dating, the traces left by animals and humans, the artistic techniques that were used, and the themes of the paintings and engravings. New light has also been cast on this unique art by art historians and ethnologists.All these discoveries are published together for the first time, accompanied by numerous colour illustrations, allowing the public to share not only this new knowledge but also the thrill and fascination of looking back thousands of years into an ancient world.

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Jean Clottes is the leader of the Chauvet Cave research team and an internationally recognized specialist on cave paintings and Palaeolithic art. For many years he has worked for the National Heritage Office of the French Ministry of Culture, and now acts as a consultant for UNESCO and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). His many books include The Cave Beaneath the Sea: Paleolithic Images at Cosquer (with Jean Courtin) and The Shamans of Prehistory: Trance and Magic in the Painted Caves (with David Lewis-Williams).

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