Stepping-Stones: A Journey Through the Ice Age Caves of the Dordogne

Stepping-Stones: A Journey Through the Ice Age Caves of the Dordogne


By (author) Christine Desdemaines-Hugon, Foreword by Ian Tattersall

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 25mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 20 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300152663
  • ISBN 13: 9780300152661
  • Illustrations note: b/w illus, col pls
  • Sales rank: 584,171

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Well-written and eminently accessible, this book explores and celebrates the Upper Palaeolithic art of the Dordogne, admirably conveying the author's enthusiasm for her subject. Desdemaines-Hugon's text reads as a personalised guided tour to five famous sites, all of which are still open to the public: Font de Gaume, Combralles, Cap Blanc, Rouffignac and Bernifal. The descriptions are beautifully done, marrying the art with its setting, and portable and decorative arts are also covered, giving the reader a real feel for the sophistication of Cro-magnon culture, as well as insights as to its development.

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Author information

Christine Desdemaines-Hugon is an eminent scholar of prehistoric anthropology and cave art of the Dordogne region of France and is well known for the tours she gives to many visitors and tourists. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Town and Country magazine, and USA Today, among other publications. She lives in Campagne, France.

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"Dedemaines-Hugon speaks with enthusiasm and a love for the culture and its artwork."--Brian Skinner, Yale University --Brian Skinner