Last Updated on December 4, 2022 by Natalie Rabinowitz
The Modern Human
In 1868, in a shallow cave called Cro-Magnon, workman Francois Berthoumeyrou found a fossil skull that French geologist Édouard Lartet would recognize as the first of several fossil skulls belonging to our species—Homo sapiens, the modern human.
In September 1940, Marcel Ravidat, 17, with his dog, Robot, discovered a hole in the hill of Lascaux when Robot fell into the hole. As a result, Marcel descended, hearing Robot from deep down inside the ground. He is most likely the first person in 17,000 years to see the incredible find.
Lascaux was open to the public from 1948 and closed in 1963 due to the continuous stream of visitors’ increased carbon dioxide and humidity, decaying the prehistoric paintings. Today, visitors can see the replica at Lascaux II and experience the same excitement as the four young men.
See and Do
Welcome to the Dordogne region, along the Dordogne river. One of the cradles of humanity, offering an abundance of cave paintings to see and the Prehistoric history of the earliest homo sapiens. Along with kayaking, stunning Middle Ages Architecture and fortified castles dating back to 1,000 AD.
For the Love of Food
Local delicious foods include Confit de Canard, foie gras, truffles, and Bergerac wines. Highly recommend an experience of farm-to-table dining.
As I was travelling alone, my trip was a rare find, all-inclusive, with an archaeologist as our guide and his hospitable wife who welcomed us into their home.
I still plan to go back without a car and travel by a combination of trains, kayak, small-group tours, walking and rely on the ever helpful, Rome2rio.