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Lascaux, le ciel des premiers hommes
Lascaux, Prehistoric Astronomers
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Stéphane Bégoin, Vincent Tardieu

AUTEUR(S)

Pedro Lima

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Bonne Pioche Productions

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

ZED, ADAV

ISAN : ISAN 0000-0001-C6CC-0000-1-0000-0000-Y
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Sur les parois obscures de leurs grottes, il y a 17 000 ans, ils ont tracé la première histoire du ciel et de ses astres. L’incroyable naissance de l’astronomie préhistorique… Et si Lascaux, la chapelle Sixtine de la Préhistoire, était d’abord un temple dédié aux constellations célestes… Aberrant ? C’est pourtant la démonstration que tente, sous nos yeux, Chantal Jègues-Wolkiewiez, ethnologue et astronome indépendante, titulaire d’une thèse d’État sur les gravures de la Vallée des Merveilles. Entre enquête policière et conte astronomique, ce film nous plonge dans la nuit des temps et raconte l’émergence d’une nouvelle science, à la croisée de deux disciplines : l’astronomie et la préhistoire.

SIt is commonly known that 35,000 years ago, Man was brutish and primitive and his main activities were copulation, hunting and gathering. But what if this Prehistoric Man were clever enough to develop in depth scientific knowledge? As unlikely as it may seem, new data tend to prove that these men actually invented Astronomy! For the last 20 years, Chantal Jègues-Wolkiewiez, an independent astronomer and ethnologist, has lead a rigorous investigation to prove this theory. According to her studies, hunter gatherers spent long nights observing the sky, calculating, and recording their discoveries either on the walls of caves or on animal bones. Thanks to their analyses they could measure time and adapt to weather change. In this film, she shares her stunning conclusions: Prehistoric men chose their caves according to the orientation of the sun, created measuring tools such as a lunar calendar, and their wall paintings were the first maps of the sky and stars. Today, these fascinating discoveries are gradually gaining respect in the international science community

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