Audiovisual encyclopedia

Les Gestes
de la Préhistoire

Produced by the Pôle d’interprétation de la Préhistoire

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20years of experimental archaeology
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The Pôle d'interprétation de la Préhistoire is pleased to present the audiovisual encyclopedia, «Les Gestes de la Préhistoire» which was completed in late 2021, 19 years after filming began. 

This collection is unique by its form, its ambition, its extent, and proves to be an essential reference in discovering and better understanding the ingenuity, the skill and the workmanship which characterize the prehistoric societies of hunter-gatherers who succeeded each other during the Paleolithic era until the end of the last glaciation nearly 10,000 years ago in Europe [...]


Neither fiction nor documentary : Les Gestes de la Préhistoire 

The unique nature of the audiovisual encyclopedia “Les Gestes de la Préhistoire” originates in the meeting of two prehistorians, Jean-Michel Geneste and Serge Maury and a director, Pascal Magontier. Attentive and respectful of everyone’s concerns, they developed an original approach to represent and transmit realities that have been gone for millennia [...]


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  • Acheulean
  • Adornment
  • Amber
  • Animal Representation
  • Anthropomorphic Representation
  • Antler
  • Aurignacian
  • Azilian
  • Baked Clay
  • Bone
  • Bow
  • Burial
  • Butchery
  • Calcite
  • Cave Art
  • Childhood
  • Châtelperronien
  • Clothing
  • Decorated Tool
  • Domestic Scene
  • Eastern Epigravettian
  • Engraving
  • Epipaleolithic
  • Erectus
  • Female Representation
  • Fire
  • Fishing
  • Fish Scaling
  • Flint
  • Glacial Environment
  • Gravettian
  • Habitat
  • Hafting
  • Headdress
  • Human Representation
  • Hunting
  • Ivory
  • Jet
  • Lighting
  • Limestone
  • Lower Paleolithic
  • Magdalenian
  • Male Representation
  • Mesolithic
  • Middle Paleolithic
  • Mousterian
  • Music
  • Neandertal
  • Ornemental Object
  • Painting
  • Pebble
  • Pigment
  • Rock Shelter
  • Sapiens
  • Sewing
  • Sexual Representation
  • Shale
  • Shell
  • Solutrean
  • Stéatite
  • Subsistence
  • Subterranean Space
  • Symbolic Expression
  • Tattoo
  • Technical Object
  • Upper Paleolithic
  • Working Animal Hide
  • Working Plant Materials
  • Working Soft Materials
  • Working Wood
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