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Deadline to Register for Tour of France Approaches!

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"Les Eyzies-de-Tayac - 20090922" by Sémhur - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

A view of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

For many years The Leakey Foundation has been leading tours to some of the most fascinating and significant archaeological and anthropological sites in the world, and 2016 will be no different! We are offering Leakey Foundation Fellows the opportunity to take a journey to France.

From world-class museums to the caves of Lascaux and beyond, this tour promises to educate and delight. Not only will we explore Paris, the Dordogne Valley and the Ardeche region, we will also be joined by experts in the field who will give us behind the scenes tours of some of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe. Rock art expert Jean Clottes will spend a handful of days with the group. This will include a special tour of Chauvet II, a breathtaking replica of the site he was instrumental in exploring and documenting. Muriel Mauriac, the Curator of Lascaux, will offer a sneak preview of the Lascaux IV site, which is set to open June 2016. Archaeologist Harold Dibble will guide a tour of Pech de l’Azé, a cluster of four Lower and Middle Paleolithic cave sites. We will also visit paleo-artist Elisabeth Daynes’ studio in Paris to witness the artistic and scientific processes involved in making her realistic reconstructions.

"Lascaux painting" by Prof saxx - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

The Hall of Bulls in Lascaux cave

These are unique opportunities never before offered by The Leakey Foundation, and the time to act is now! We have  until January 15th to register participants for the 2016 France Tour with an extension to the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany.

To download the complete itinerary as a PDF, please click here.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Sharal Camisa for more information: sharal(at)

Begin the journey by becoming a Leakey Foundation Fellow now!

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"Homo georgicus" by 120 - Own work (photograph), model by Élisabeth Daynes. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Homo georgicus sculpture by Élisabeth Daynes

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