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2016 Trip to France

Speaker(s): Jean Clottes, Elisabeth Daynes, Harold Dibble

May 20, 2016 - May 28, 2016

This eight-day tour includes visits to three world-class museums and ten famous prehistoric sites. You will be joined by luminaries including rock art expert Jean Clottes, archaeologist Harold Dibble, the Curator of Lascaux Muriel Mauriac, and artist Elisabeth Daynes.

Space is limited, and you must be a Leakey Fellow to participate.

To learn more download the detailed itinerary by clicking here

Email Sharal Camisa for more information: sharal (at) leakeyfoundation.org


May 20, 2016
May 28, 2016
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24290 Montignac France + Google Map
Jean Clottes

The eminent French prehistorian Jean Clottes, former director of prehistoric antiquities for the Midi-Pyrénées region of France, served as scientific advisor on prehistoric art to the French Ministry of Culture until his retirement five years ago. He is an internationally acclaimed expert on painted cave art whose research interests include not only matters of archaeological context and dating but also problems of epistemology and meaning.

Elisabeth Daynes

Daynès first became interested in paleoanthropology when she was commissioned to create hyper realistic reconstructions of Magdalenian people for the Thot Museum in Montignac, near Lascaux caves. She worked with forensic anthropologist Jean-Noel Vignal at the Forensic Institute of Paris in 1996 to perfect her expertise in anatomy. She has subsequently created the world’s finest hyper realistic constructions of early humans, with perhaps her most famous reconstruction being that of the Australopithecus “Lucy” (seen in the photo on the right). Her reconstruction of an entire seventeen member Neanderthal family (see photo below) for the Krapina Neanderthal Museum in Croatia is another of her most well known works. In 2010, Daynès won the John J. Lazendorf Paleoart prize in 3-Dimentional Art, considered the most prestigious award given to artists in science art related to paleontology.

Harold Dibble

Harold Lewis Dibble is an American Paleolithic archaeologist best known for his theory of lithic reduction and his methodological advancements in archaeological fieldwork in France, Egypt, and Morocco. He is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator-in-Charge of the European Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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