Talking Stone Rock Art Coso America USA Documentary Film

Latest News


Park of Prehistory, Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
2009 Jul 06


Saturday 13 June 2009 marked the official inauguration of the Centre de Ressources Jean Clottes - Jean Clottes Resource Center - at the Park of Prehistory, Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France.

Jean Clottes Resource Center

Dr. Jean Clottes stated that three years ago, he and his wife Renee, now sadly departed, decided to bequeath his life's work in prehistory - over 4,000 books, numerous journals, archives and reprints, and some 60,000 slides - to the Park of Prehistory, Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France. The collection of works are now being housed in a purpose-built documentation centre, named after the eminent prehistorian. To celebrate this, a new and extensive exhibition entitled 'The Art of Origins, Origins of Art' was planned to coincide with the Center's opening. Jean Clottes hopes that this will not only attract researchers, but that it will also encourage the donation of books, archives and even objects from both academics and members of the public.

The new International Center of Rock Art includes exhibition space of 500 sq.m., a 120-seat auditorium and a library. With this new development, the Park of Prehistory at Tarascon-sur-Ariege achieves 'museum' status. The exhibition marked three years of collaboration between the research unit Sesta Carole Fritz Gilles Tossello and the TRACE Center Carthailhac Emile of Toulouse. Having unveiled the Jean Clottes Resource Center, Dr Jean Clottes, surrounded by his extended family, visited the premises with the attending officials before giving a speech.

'Art of Origins, Origins of Art'

The exhibition charts the expression of art from 'the beginning of time', from the early appearance of basic motifs 50,000 years ago right up to its disappearance 8,000 years ago. The exhibition attempts to answer why prehistoric artists created in the first place. When did art become a concept? What was its purpose?

Split in to 9 modules, the exhibition identifies the main characteristics of prehistoric art, whilst also attempting to identify its very birth. It also examines some of the similarities in art between sites which are distant from each other.

With cutting-edge technology, scenographic and didactic effects have been designed to allow visitors to comprehend the sometimes elusive and complex characteristic shapes and figures of prehistoric art, and to demonstrate the context of its creation. The facsimile of an actual cave - Marsoulas cave - has been created to show the paintings and carvings as they would have appeared 14,000 years ago.

Jean Clottes Resource Center

Authentic artefacts are displayed, many for the first time, such as the famous spear-thrower 'le faon aux oiseaux' found in Mas d'Azil cave, the grasshopper engraved on a bone found in Enlene cave, and several carvings and sculptures from Isturitz cave. Some miniature artefacts of portable art have been reproduced in larger size, to demonstrate the exquisite work and skill of the prehistoric artists.

Jean Clottes Resource Center

A whole module of the exhibition is devoted to prehistoric fauna. Skeletons of a mammoth and a cave bear have been constructed. An illustrated panorama displays the faunal evolution during Palaeolithic times.

Jean Clottes Resource Center

The exhibition at the Prehistory Park in Tarascon will run through to 2011.

Prehistoric Park
Route de Banat
09400 Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
Tel. +33 (0) 5 61 05 10 10

Homepage About the Foundation Contact Us News Articles Twitter Travel Index About the Expeditions Forthcoming Expeditions Bespoke Expeditions Enquire Practical Information History of Exploration Welcome to the iShop Film Downloads DVD's Sculpture Prints Clothing Messenger Bag eBooks INORA Downloads About iLecture Films Shipping & Handling iLectures In Conversation Video Stories Travel Films Read the reviews Join the free Mailing List Friends of the Foundation Archive Index World's Oldest Rock Art Africa Documentary Films South Africa RARI Giraffe Carvings Niger Namibia Western Central Africa Africa Paintings Gallery Tanzania The Tuareg People Tuareg Salt Caravans Gilf Kebir Archive Index San Rock Art Paintings San Bushman San Rock Art Film Origins Centre Johannesburg Archive Index Arizona Baja California Coso Range Nevada Oregon Territory Australia Archive Index Introduction Bradshaw Paintings Kimberley Region The Unambal Hugh Brown Leif Thiele Gallery Dan Clark Grahame Walsh Ian Wilson Bradshaws / Gwion Gwion Archive Index Introduction Origins of the British Stonehenge Sounds of Stonehenge The British Museum British Isles Megaliths Gower Peninsula Rock Art Mendip Hills Prehistory Northumberland Rock Art Red Lady of Paviland Stone Age Mammoth Abattoir Archive Index Yinchuan Museum Rock Art Festival Field Trip Gallery Itinerant Creeds Inner Mongolia & Ningxia Vanishing Civilization Life in Rock Art (PDF) Tibet Tibet Photographs Dazu Rock Carvings Tiger Motif Archive Index Chauvet Cave Lascaux Cave Niaux Cave Cosquer Cave Portable Art Research Paper Tuc d'Audoubert Bison Dr. Jean Clottes Index Introduction Cave Paintings Gallery Visiting the Chauvet Cave Return to Chauvet Cave Investigating the Cave Venus & Sorcerer Werner Herzog Film Chauvet Publications India Archive Index Rock Art Central India Pachmarhi Hills India Rock Art Gallery Middle East Archive Index Middle East Inroduction Rock Art of Iran Rock Art of Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Rock Art Ancient Geometry Middle East Colonisation Tanum Rock Art Museum Thor Heyerdahl Archive Index Introduction America's Oldest Art? Pedra Furada Bolivian Rock Art Campeche Island - Brazil Checta Petroglyphs - Peru Cueva de las Manos Santa Catarina Island - Brazil Rock Art in Britain Campeche Rock Art Petroglyphs El Salvador - Corinto Cave Hand Rock Art Paintings Tibetan Rock Art United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Yinchuan Rock Art Museum Introduction Ice Age Art Gallery Claire Artemyz Jill Cook Interview Cycladic Introduction Cycladic Gallery Introduction Geometric Signs Chart Research Methodology Geometric Signs in France Sign Types/Countries/Regions Bibliography Ancient Symbols in Rock Art Newsletter Archive Download Issues Introduction Genetic Map Professor Stephen Oppenheimer Further Reading Origins of the British BBC Documentary Origins Index Origins Overview 13 Big Questions Stanley Ambrose Homo Floresiensis Herto Skulls Homo Dmanisi Liujiang Skull Introduction Sentinels in Stone Easter Island Rock Art Birdman Cult / Motif Sea & Marine Creatures Design & Motifs Dr Georgia Lee Easter Island Map Contemporary Art Glossary Conclusion Thor Heyerdahl Introduction When & Who Built It? How Was It Built? The Area Sounds of Stonehenge Meaning of a Pyramid Pyramid Studies Pyramid Superstructure Pyramid Substructure Pyramid Preparations Pyramid Building Saqqara Nabil Swelim Temples of Malta and Gozo Research in the Caucasus The Keselo Foundation Homo Dmanisi Ancient Toolmakers Index Introduction Descent into the Cave The Decorated Caves Shamanistic Experience Spring Initiation Rites Summary Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Professor John P. Miller Motif: Eternal Index Han Meilin Bruce Radke Christian Tuki Gordon Ellis-Brown Site Map Search the Website Glossary of Terms & Definition Podcast on iTunes List of Research Papers Other Websites Contact the Foundation