Until Sunday, January 2, 2011 – Musée d’Aquitaine

From the Paleolithic (- 300,000 years before AD) at the end of the Bronze Age (- 800 years before AD), the exhibition traces the research and discoveries of archaeological excavations since 1990. “This exhibition is presented in partnership with INRAP, National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research.” With more than 2,000 objects from archaeological excavations and planned preventative, often unpublished public, this is the first synthesis of knowledge about prehistoric Aquitaine, for 20 years.
This program is one of 17 exhibitions that have been awarded the 2010 National interest awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Communication / Museum of France. The exhibition entitled, as such an exceptional financial support from the state.

Archeological Discoveries
Since 1990, intervention by archaeologists on the major routes of highways, amenities and activities the area has lots to search dozens of sites from all periods and to answer many questions about these millennia. How have adapted populations of prehistoric climate change? What were their relationships to their environment, their territory? How cultural groups evolve? How their groups were structured? Many prehistorians answer these questions and present the results of their research techniques sizes flint tools, the use of bones and antlers, habitats.
The Neanderthal is more frustrating that being described by the early prehistory. The researchers now show his mastery of the flint, its adaptation to a cold environment, the hunting of large herbivores.
The burials are not the only traces of their spirituality. Neanderthals disappear and give way to modern humans that develops figurative art. Cussac, Lascaux and Rouffignac – masterpieces of cave art – tell us about the special role of artists in these firms, like the fine carvings and bone carvings. The technical study of the most modern, such as scanning electron microscopy or scan 3D allow a more detailed study of the gestures of these artists.
The end of the Ice Age saw the resurgence of the forest, then the arrival of the first farmers. They cleared, build villages, affecting the landscape for the first time, rising in altitude, using mountain resources, invent metallurgy …

Lascaux Isturitz Arancou, Brassempouy and other prestigious sites lead visitors on a fascinating journey punctuated by videos, interactive terminals, reconstructions and models. Through more than 2,000 objects (carved stones, worked bones, decorated ceramics, metalwork, carved or sculpted works) the public makes a trip back in time, traveling 300,000 years of human history in Aquitaine.

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