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Duruthy's horses
Monday 13 September 2021

Duruthy's horses, a prehistoric treasure

A photographic interpretation by Claire Artemyz of three unique magdalenian horse sculptures from Duruthy shelter near Sorde-l’Abbaye in the western Pyrenees of France.

Duruthy horses prehistoric treasure Abbey of Arthous sculptures Arambourou Claire Artemyz
Duruthy's horses, a prehistoric treasure

Saturday September 18, 2021

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hastingues - Abbaye d'Arthous

For the 2021 Heritage Days, the departmental site of the Abbey of Arthous is organizing a round table on the prehistoric horse sculptures discovered in 1961 by the researcher Robert Arambourou at the Duruthy shelter in the town of Sorde-l'Abbaye.

Duruthy horses prehistoric treasure Abbey of Arthous sculptures Arambourou Claire Artemyz
Exhibition of photographs by Claire Artemyz entitled 'Au grand galop: Duruthy and the art of origins'

These mammoth stone and ivory sculptures are currently visible in a new room on the permanent route of Arthous Abbey inaugurated in 2020 - the treasury room - and are the subject, in 2021, of a temporary exhibition by photographs taken by Claire Artemyz entitled Au grand galop: Duruthy and the art of origins.

Duruthy horses prehistoric treasure Abbey of Arthous sculptures Arambourou Claire Artemyz
Duruthy's horses, a prehistoric treasure

Installed in the church, the round table will bring together several archaeologists specializing in Prehistory (Mrs Morgane Dachary and Messrs. Jean-Claude Merlet, Clément Birouste and Aurélien Simonet) as well as the photographer Claire Artemyz in order to better understand the specificity of these precious sculptures dated around 17,000 years old.

Duruthy horses prehistoric treasure Abbey of Arthous sculptures Arambourou Claire Artemyz
Exhibition of photographs by Claire Artemyz entitled 'Au grand galop: Duruthy and the art of origins'

They will share with the public the history of the discovery of these sculptures, but also the state of knowledge concerning the Magdalenian of the Pyrenees, as well as the current research carried out by the University of Toulouse on these objects.

Roundtable program

Moderator: Mr. Jean-Jacques Taillentou , historian and author, specialist in the history of the Landes, President of the Société de Borda from 2009 to 2019.

Speakers:

Ms. Claire Artemyz , Photographer.

Ms. Morgane Dachary , Engineer at the regional archeology service of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and associate researcher at UMR 5608-TRACES at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès.

Mr. Jean-Claude Merlet , President of the Archaeological Research Center on the Landes (CRAL) and Director of the last scheduled archaeological excavations (2014-2017) of Grand Pastou, one of the prehistoric shelters of Sorde-l'Abbaye.

Mr. Clément Birouste , Associate researcher at UMR 5608-TRACES at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès.

Mr. Aurélien Simonet, Heritage conservation officer at the Landes Department and associate researcher at UMR 5608-TRACES at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès.

From 8:30 pm - Meeting with Claire Artemyz around the temporary exhibition “Au grand galop: Duruthy et l'art des origines” and the treasure room.

Contact: Arthous Abbey, 785 route de l'Abbaye, 40300 Hastingues

Tel. : 05 58 73 03 89

Email : arthous@landes.fr

Free entry, reservation recommended

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