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Christine Desdemaines-Hugon

I have been giving tours of the Ice Age caves of the Dordogne (France) for over 30 years now. I am an accomplished archaeologist specialized in the art of the Palaeolithic, and my lectures on the various cultural phases of this vast period bring to life the living conditions of those times: climate, tools, weapons, art objects, body ornament, habitations, and more.

The Dordogne is world-famous for its cave art. It is here that there is the greatest density of art sites, particularly in the Vézère Valley, around the small town of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac. This is also where there is an uninterrupted 350,000 year-long sequence of prestigious excavation sites, the names of which have been given to long cultural epochs.

Most visitors will have heard about the famous Lascaux cave, now closed to the public and of which an excellent copy has been made. Few realise however that there are authentic caves still open, but for how long? These are my priority, despite the fact that visits for most of them have strict time schedules and a limited number of entries. It’s hard to get into these very special caves, but well worth the effort!

For more information about tours, please contact Christine Desdemaines-Hugon:
Telephone: +33 (0) 553 07 26 04 / Fax: +33 (0) 553 03 77 09
Email: christinedesdemaines@gmail.com

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