Getty Conservation Institute
Rock Art Network - Replication as Conservation: Chauvet, Lascaux, Altamira
Colloquium - France/Spain October 2019
This has been the third colloquium of the Rock Art Network, organised by Neville Agnew of the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, consisting of rock art researchers from around the world. Throughout the colloquium, the Rock Art Network held presentations and discussion groups, interspersed with visits to caves and cave replicas.
The Rock Art Network group met at Vagnas in the Ardèche, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of Southeastern France. From here we were able to visit Chauvet 2, the replica of the Chauvet Cave. We were hosted by Jean-Michel Geneste, the former curator of the Lascaux Cave as well as the director of its scientific research program, and director of the multidisciplinary research program of Chauvet 2.
Moving from the Ardèche we travelled to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in the Dordogne. From here the Rock Art Network group visited the decorated caves of Font de Gaume, Les Combarelles, Rouffignac, Cougnac and Pech Merle.
Following this, the group visited Lascaux IV, the replica of Lascaux Cave, again hosted by Jean-Michel Geneste.
Onwards into Cantabria in northern Spain, following a visit to the replica of Ekain, the Rock Art Network group visited the Altamira Museum & Replica - Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira - located beside the Cave of Altamira, hosted by the Director Pilar Fatás.
Our final cave visits included El Castillo and Las Monedas. Comment