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

by Christine Desdemaines-Hugon

Other authorsIan Tattersall (Foreword)
Hardcover, 2010



Call number

N5310.5 .F7


Yale University Press (2010), Edition: First Edition, 272 pages


The cave art of France’s Dordogne region is world-famous for the mythology and beauty of its remarkable drawings and paintings. These ancient images of lively bison, horses, and mammoths, as well as┬ásymbols of all kinds, are fascinating touchstones in the development of human culture, demonstrating how far humankind has come and reminding us of the ties that bind us across the ages. Over more than twenty-five years of teaching and research, Christine Desdemaines-Hugon has become an unrivaled expert in the cave art and artists of the Dordogne region. In her new book she combines her expertise in both art and archaeology to convey an intimate understanding of the “cave experience.” Her keen insights communicate not only the incomparable artistic value of these works but also the near-spiritual impact of viewing them for oneself. Focusing on five fascinating sites, including the famed Font de Gaume and others that still remain open to the public, Stepping-Stones reveals striking similarities between art forms of the Paleolithic and works of modern artists and gives us a unique pathway toward understanding the culture of the Dordogne Paleolithic peoples and how it still touches our lives today.… (more)


Original language


Physical description

272 p.; 9.3 inches


0300152663 / 9780300152661


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