Understanding the use of space in prehistoric caves [fr]

Jean-Jacques Delannoy is a professor at the University of Savoie-Mont Blanc where he founded the EDYTEM Laboratory. It stands for mountaineous areas’ environnement and dynamics and comprises of multidisciplinary experts in the fields of environmental sciences and human and social sciences. He is also a member of the scientific research team for Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave listed as a UNESCO site in 2014. It dates back to 36 000 years and is where the oldest animal and human proof of existence were ever found in the world.

As a geomorphologist, Prof. Delannoy searches and gathers cues in the rocks that would explain why prehistoric men settled where they did.

"(Once on site) I let the elements talk to me”.

In addition to the heritage value associated with artworks, decorated rock shelters and caves are also social spaces modified and transformed by ancient peoples. Landscape analysis of the places inscribed with artworks allows us a window into the cultural practices surrounding the use of these places: the transformation of space, the purposeful movement of materials, the organization of thought processes, etc. The worldwide study of decorated sites using scientific and social science methods allows us to understand these cultural acts.

Recognized internationally for his expertise, he has studied many sites in the world and is currently in British Columbia for a symposium on rock art prior to this public conference.

Pragmatics :

  • Tuesday May 31
  • 7 pm
  • Museum of Anthropology in UBC, 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Vancouver
  • Free public lecture in French with consecutive translation into English
  • Free with admission to the Museum

On the radio :
Listen to his interview on Radio Canada (in French) here.

Poster :

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Co-organised with the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and the MOA de UBC.

Dernière modification : 21/06/2016

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