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10,000 Years BC - Gallery
A small selection of photos taken on recent visits to the Prehistoric sites of the Vézère valley and Ardèche region of France. These images and a much wider range of others form part of the resource pack given to schools after our KS2 Prehistory and Archaeology workshop sessions.
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The 'Primitive Man' statue designed by French sculptor Paul Dardé (1888-1963) was inaugurated in 1931. Mistakenly believed by many to represent Cro-Magnon man (who's remains were first discovered nearby), it is actually a representation of our evolutionary relative Neanderthal Man. It is situated beneath a limestone overhang typical of those occupied by prehistoric hunter-gatherers in this region. Wistfully he gazes across the centuries, and across the river valley that has since become known as 'The Valley of Man'.
Palaeofacts: Did you know in May 2013 a Woolly Mammoth frozen into the North Siberian permafrost was discovered in such a complete state of preservation that the carcass oozed liquid blood as it began to thaw out. Carbon-dated to around 40,000 years old, the Mammoth (nicknamed Buttercup) died at a time when our Neanderthal relatives were still walking the Earth. Scientists are hoping to recover sufficient DNA from Buttercup to be able to clone a Mammoth in the future, but intact uncontaminated DNA in such an ancient animal is extremely difficult to find.
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