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  • Expositions permanentes du Musée de Préhistoire des Gorges du Verdon
    to be guarding the gates of the museum The woolly mammoth is more than 2 5m tall He stands alongside a sabre toothed tiger and a reindeer Next take a look at the rhinoceros with his thick fleece and the majestic megaceros with its 3m antlers Biface Homo Erectus s multi purpose tool This magnificent biface tool was found during excavations in the Quinson Baume Bonne cave It was knapped by man during the Lower Palaeolithic period In Western Europe this very long period of prehistory stretched from 800 000 to 300 000 BCE This biface is one of numerous examples of lithic industry the name given to all the objects produced by transforming stone lithic meaning stone For over a million years man produced mainly stone objects to accomplish day to day tasks for example cutting and slicing The engraved bison of Ségriès the splendour of cave paintings The men and women of prehistoric times and Homo sapiens in particular were also artists producing paintings engravings and sculptures The Ségriès bison was the first cave painting found in south east France It was discovered at Moustiers Sainte Marie in 1963 It is engraved in the stone and is 29cm long and 19cm high It dates from 15 000 BCE This is a reconstruction of the Ségriès Bison showing a Cro Magnon man carving it into the rock face A scene from the life of the last hunter gatherers Just over 10 000 years ago during the Mesolithic period sudden global warming caused the last Quaternary glaciers to retreat The last hunter gatherer populations lived during this era situated between the end of the Palaeolithic period and the Neolithic period These populations knapped flints to make tiny heads for arrows and spears They invented bows and domesticated the first animals dogs In numerous sites across Haute Provence such as this cave at Reillanne near Manosque which appears to have been used as a shelter large piles of snail shells have been found giving us clues to the occupants diets The Soleils gallery with cave paintings from the Neolithic period The Soleils cave is part of the Eglise network at Baudinard It is a large group of terraced galleries on three karstic networks A full scale reconstruction of a part of it is shown here In the 1960s archaeologists discovered large red suns on the walls They are linear style cave paintings which developed from the Neolithic period La Fare burial site This burial site was discovered at La Fare Forcalquier A fortified habitat typical of the late Neolithic period exists on this site In an isolated part of the habitat excavations have unearthed an individual burial pit dating from 2 500 BCE in which individual grave goods were associated with the body One of the ceramics links this burial place to Bell Beaker culture A moulding of the burial site is presented here A 6 000 year old vase Here you can see a vase with a neck and panpipe

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  • Visite du Verdon depuis le musée de préhistoire de Quinson
    fascinating nature park with an emerald flourish Outstanding countryside Between the Alps and the Mediterranean the Verdon offers 7 distinctive landscapes the lower gorge near Quinson the Valensole plateau with its sweeps of lavender huge shimmering Sainte Croix Lake the rolling hills of the Haut Var the steep sided valleys and vast forests of Artuby the monumental Verdon Gorge and higher up as we approach the source of the river a landscape of lakes and mountains Walk around and simply admire the landscapes every turn is packed with wonder Stunning villages some of France s most beautiful in fact As you travel through the countryside make time to stop off Visit Moustiers Sainte Marie for example see how it clings to the cliff under its star On the banks of the Verdon Gréoux les Bains is a spa town nestled among jewels of nature Sainte Croix seems to be suspended above the waters of the lake offering fabulous views At the heart of the Valensole plateau Riez known as Riez the Roman is a cité de caractère recognised for its heritage And don t miss Esparron de Verdon built on a rock around its castle and high defensive tower Annot in the land of ceramics and chestnut trees Entrevaux a medieval town on a rocky outcrop and Castellane the gateway to the Gorge at the foot of its giant limestone rock Gold from the terroir For many years man has been working with nature to produce gold in Haute Provence and the Verdon AOC Haute Provence olive oil has distinctive flavours of artichokes apples and fresh almonds which vary from one valley to the next Fabulous mountain honeys are made in the richly blossoming hills plateaux and mountains of the Verdon from flowers rosemary and lime trees not to mention

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  • Vivre au temps de la préhistoire au musée de Quinson
    to 02 21 2016 Animation Vacances de février venez vivre la Préhistoire En famille ou avec des amis le service éducatif du musée vous propose des 10 Close More News 10 February From 02 01 2016 to 05 16 2016 Fair Settling in Prehistoric moments in the Jabron Artuby and Verdon area 1st February 16th May The Près de Laure site Comps sur Artuby 83 was discovered by researchers from From 02 01 2016 to 12 15 2016 Animation Fair Temporary exhibitions in 2016 Two exhibitions Settling in Prehistoric moments in the Jabron Artuby and From 02 06 2016 to 02 21 2016 Animation Vacances de février venez vivre la Préhistoire En famille ou avec des amis le service éducatif du musée vous propose des 11 Close More News 11 February From 02 01 2016 to 05 16 2016 Fair Settling in Prehistoric moments in the Jabron Artuby and Verdon area 1st February 16th May The Près de Laure site Comps sur Artuby 83 was discovered by researchers from From 02 01 2016 to 12 15 2016 Animation Fair Temporary exhibitions in 2016 Two exhibitions Settling in Prehistoric moments in the Jabron Artuby and From 02 06 2016 to 02 21 2016 Animation Vacances de février venez vivre la Préhistoire En famille ou avec des amis le service éducatif du musée vous propose des 12 Close More News 12 February From 02 01 2016 to 05 16 2016 Fair Settling in Prehistoric moments in the Jabron Artuby and Verdon area 1st February 16th May The Près de Laure site Comps sur Artuby 83 was discovered by researchers from From 02 01 2016 to 12 15 2016 Animation Fair Temporary exhibitions in 2016 Two exhibitions Settling in Prehistoric moments in the Jabron Artuby and From 02 06 2016 to 02 21 2016 Animation Vacances de février venez vivre la Préhistoire En famille ou avec des amis le service éducatif du musée vous propose des 13 Close More News 13 February From 02 01 2016 to 05 16 2016 Fair Settling in Prehistoric moments in the Jabron Artuby and Verdon area 1st February 16th May The Près de Laure site Comps sur Artuby 83 was discovered by researchers from From 02 01 2016 to 12 15 2016 Animation Fair Temporary exhibitions in 2016 Two exhibitions Settling in Prehistoric moments in the Jabron Artuby and From 02 06 2016 to 02 21 2016 Animation Vacances de février venez vivre la Préhistoire En famille ou avec des amis le service éducatif du musée vous propose des 14 Close More News 14 February From 02 01 2016 to 05 16 2016 Fair Settling in Prehistoric moments in the Jabron Artuby and Verdon area 1st February 16th May The Près de Laure site Comps sur Artuby 83 was discovered by researchers from From 02 01 2016 to 12 15 2016 Animation Fair Temporary exhibitions in 2016 Two exhibitions Settling in Prehistoric moments in the Jabron Artuby and From 02 06 2016 to 02 21 2016 Animation

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  • Les événements du Musée de préhistoire des Gorges du Verdon
    50 years of excavations and research Quinson Museum Scientific Committee Research on the Museum of Prehistory collections A documentation centre dedicated to prehistory Scientific publications Preparing your visit At a glance Family visits Group visits Visiting with a school or activity centre group Museum passport Essential museum information Things to see and do near Quinson Que cherchez vous You are here One thousand millennia Decrease text size Increase text size Print page content new window Export PDF new window Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on Pinterest Listen the text Events at the Museum of Prehistory Note these dates in your diary From the Prehistory days to the Science Festival there s always something going on at Quinson Museum Museums at Night 21 May 2016 Free entry to the museum from 7pm to 10pm Archaeology Days 17 18 and 19 June The museum is working together with the Alpes de Haute Provence department archaeology department to organise a lecture on the latest archaeological research in the 04 department 25th Quinson Prehistory Days 23and 24 July 2016 For a weekend the entire village will be taking a trip back to prehistoric times Numerous workshops and demonstrations will show you life in the times of our ancestors flint knapping prehistoric cookery pottery firing or archery The Prehistory Days are also an opportunity to talk to scientists prehistorians and archaeologists about the work they do Workshops and demonstrations are free Reduced price entry to the museum 5 Heritage days 17 and 18 September 2015 Visit Quinson Museum free of charge and discover or rediscover the permanent collection and temporary exhibition A lecture will be given on the evening before the Heritage Days at 6pm on Friday 18th September Science festival October 2016 Quinson Museum takes part in the

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  • La Provence aux temps de la Préhistoire à Quinson
    The adventure of humanity in Haute Provence Quinson Museum permanent exhibition bringing prehistory to people of all ages Over the last fifty years sixty archaeological sites have been excavated in the Verdon The museum is a captivating and spectacular display of the marvels uncovered during the work As you walk into the museum you find yourself nose to nose with a mammoth in the huge atrium And not just a mammoth alongside him stand a sabre toothed tiger a megaceros a woolly rhinoceros and a reindeer Children love the prehistoric herd and you may find your inner child is pretty impressed too Quinson Museum offers a permanent collection displaying the results of all the research work and archaeological excavations in the Verdon as well as temporary exhibitions The permanent collection is organised as 20 chronological zones from the formation of the Verdon through to the Roman conquest It portrays prehistory in a range of different ways Objects discovered during excavations are displayed throughout the visit hundreds of knapped stones points bifaces chips etc tools weapons ceramics and jewellery The vast majority of the artefacts are originals It is amazing to think that they were made several hundred thousand years ago These treasures are enhanced by a large number of information panels with clear concise text models raised relief maps films and interactive consoles providing information data and scientific information Life size prehistory With our life size digital reconstructions you will see how archaeological material fitted into a variety of life and usage contexts in dioramas depicting everyday scenes from the lives of our distant ancestors at various periods of prehistory Baume Bonne cave and Soleils Gallery discovered in Baudinard Gorge with its cave paintings some of which are represented as actual size reconstructions As you move through the exhibition the

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  • L'histoire du musée de Préhistoire des gorges du Verdon
    de Lumley De Lumley suggested to the council that a Verdon Gorge Museum of Prehistory should be created And so the project was launched 1988 1991 Decisions and design In turn the Prefect of Alpes de Haute Provence approved the project Quinson council told the department authorities it would oversee the project Henry de Lumley restarted excavations on the archaeological site at Baume Bonne and wrote the specifications for the museum with input from Musées de France management This is when the Prehistory in Quinson idea took shape an archaeological site in a fabulous natural setting a museum to take us back in time to investigate our origins and a prehistoric village to show us our ancestors at work On 20 June 1990 the Department council unanimously adopted the principle of the Verdon Gorge Museum of Prehistory 1992 An important competition and an important day The Department council ran an architectural design competition which was won by Foster Partners in association with Bruno Chiambretto a museum designer based in Dignes les Bains The first Quinson Prehistory Day was organised that same year More Prehistory Days were held and they proved an excellent way of testing public interest in prehistory related workshops including tours of Baume Bonne cave demonstrations of prehistoric techniques by scientists a prehistoric village and meet and quiz the scientist sessions Today the Quinson Prehistory Days are one of France s leading prehistory events attended by several thousand visitors each year 1996 1998 The project takes shape Musée de France management approved Foster Partners proposed preliminary design and detailed design 1997 2001 The museum is built and opened The first stone was laid in 1997 The museum was officially opened on 1 June 2001 by Catherine Tasca French minister for Culture and Communication Norman Foster s vision Close

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  • Grotte préhistorique de la Baume Bonne dans les Gorges du Verdon
    sites of European prehistory and a listed historic monument Here you will discover the traces left by man over 400 000 years ago in one of the world s earliest known human habitats First through you have to walk a little The pleasant hike follows a path through the garrigue set with information panels in the most beautiful natural setting An expert guide from the museum will lead the way and then show you round the cave A voyage through time stratum by stratum Several series of excavations have been carried out in Baume Bonne cave since it was discovered by Bernard Bottet in December 1946 Archaeologists have found an eclectic body of evidence of the presence of man The oldest traces date from the Lower Palaeolithic period You will feel this impressive stretch of time as you come into the cave and travel back through the different eras stratum by stratum In the oldest stratum are piles of sandstone pebbles constructed by the Anteneanderthals man was already taking control of space A little higher notice the black layers fire had been domesticated Around 250 000 BCE the Levallois technique for knapping stone appears at Baume Bonne Around 130 000 BCE the climate is significantly warmer In the more recent layers we find evidence of Neanderthal man knapped flints and deer bones A very old cave bear came here to die several tens of thousands of years ago So long ago but so like us Cro Magnon man also made his presence felt in Baume Bonne He left behind him flint blades and slivers and spear and arrow tips Then came Neolithic man with his ceramics polished tools grinding basins and rubbing stones sheep and goats 6 000 years BCE Then came the metals the Copper Age the Bronze Age

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  • Randonnée guidée pour rejoindre la grotte de Baume Bonne
    activity centre group Museum passport Essential museum information Things to see and do near Quinson Que cherchez vous You are here One thousand millennia Explore the cave An outstanding natural site Decrease text size Increase text size Print page content new window Export PDF new window Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on Pinterest Listen the text Walking back through the millennia in the Verdon A foretaste of the walk to Baume Bonne cave This cave a listed historic monument is an hour and a quarter s walk from the museum An expert guide will act as your guide pointing out the fabulous nature of Haute Provence during the walk Breathe in the aromas as you stroll through broom lavender thyme and other bushes on the garrigue The path is steep but accessible for most people Your first reward is the fabulous view from the top of the Caillandre rock across the Quinson plain with the River Verdon and the entrance to the lower gorges Your guide will use the illustrated information panels to explain how the landscape before you has changed since prehistoric times The path then leads down to the heart of the Verdon Gorge following the path of the turquoise river As you walk your guide will answer your questions and tell you the local stories and legends preparing you to discover the cave After a protected passageway and a set of steps there it is before you set in an immense limestone cliff over 20m high A little shiver will run down your spine as you realise that man has been coming here for 400 000 years You are about to see the discoveries made by famous researchers including Henry De Lumley Jean Gagnepain and Claire Gaillard Ages 7 and over

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