Pre-conference excursion, from Poitiers to Les Eyzies (September 15th to 16th): It will start in Poitiers (Railway Station, lat. 46.5824, long. 0.3333) on September 15th (1:30 p.m.) and will end the day after in Les Eyzies at 4:00 p.m. It will lead us from the Paleontology department of Poitiers University, which had a notable importance in the development of human paleontology in France and where a number of important human fossils are stored, to Nouaillé, near the site of the Battle of Poitiers (1356), and finally to the museum and meteoritic impact sites of Rochechouart whose origin constituted a geological enigma from the 17th century until 1967.
The city of Poitiers has a rich monumental and historical heritage (4th century Saint-Jean baptistery, 11th century Romanesque church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande, Sainte-Croix Museum, etc.); we therefore suggest to arrive the day before the field-trip appointment to visit the city.

  • Post-conference excursion, from Les Eyzies to Bordeaux (September 22nd to 24th): It will start at Les Eyzies on September 22nd (8:30 a.m.) but comprises the previous night (21st to 22nd), for which you do not have to book a hotel room if you participate. It will include explorations of the magnificent cave art of Font de Gaume, Pech Merle caves and Cap Blanc shelter, visits to the sites of Laugerie Haute and Laugerie Basse, and to the historical phosphate mines of the Quercy. It will continue with a visit to historical Miocene sites of the Bordeaux region, namely the paleontological site (and vineyard) of Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, first described in 1622, and the Aquitanian and Burdigalian stratotypes at the geological Reserve of Saucats-La Brède – not to forget the picturesque village of Saint-Circq-Lapopie, and the cities of Agen and Bordeaux, where the conference will end in the afternoon of September 24th.

For detailed information see the Third Circular.

“The sites, objects and works of art found in the Vézère valley are extremely rare witnesses of long-lost civilizations. This material, which is infinitely valuable for the knowledge of the most remote periods of human history, is of universal interest, as exceptional from a historical as from an ethnological, anthropological or aesthetic point of view.”
UNESCO World Heritage List