Our first peek into a time 12,000 – 30,000 years ago when paleolithic man roamed the hills and lived in the caves we can see in the limestone cliffs we are looking at.
As we explored the countryside we came across mediaeval villages built into the side of the cliffs. We didn’t find any opportunity to see inside one of these dwellings and I wonder whether they too utilised the caves as rooms.
Lascaux caves was our destination. Roger had visited it before it had been closed to the public and was none too keen to visit Lascaux II which had been set up to show the public what the original Lascaux was like. Instead we continued driving until we arrived at Castanets.
This was the site of a current archeological dig but a Frenchman gave the rare person that arrived at the site a tour. We were the only people on the tour and the guide could only speak French. With my schoolgirl French and my knowledge of rocks from university geology and paleolithic man from reading Clan of the Cave Bear books, I interpreted for Roger.
The paintings were none too clear and at times I had to use my imagination. The end result was a lot of laughing and a brief peek at what it must have been like living in this cave system in the South of France.
The Paleolithic man made and used tools from stone, wood and bone as well as weapons for survival. They lived in communities and posted lookouts along the cliffs which would alert the main community should there be an impending attack. Mainly they hunted animals for meat and fur (for warmth) and gathered food, firewood.
There is a huge movement in Australia at least to return to the way of these men. Having had a glimpse into their life – I think I’ll opt for the modern living with hopefully a healthy diet.
In response to weekly Photo challenge