caves

The Cave of the Hundred Mammoths

Mammoth rock art from the Rouffignac cave, France from the Bradshaw Foundation archive

Mammoth rock art from the Rouffignac cave, France from the Bradshaw Foundation archive

Today we are in the office preparing a new section on the Upper Palaeolithic cave art of Rouffignac in the French Dordogne, with its 100 beautiful mammoths and other animal depictions.

Having visited the cave last year, I am now in front of the Mac with my Art and Design Director Ben Dickins, finalising the text and editing some amazing images from the artists of our Palaeolithic past.

The cave contains over 250 engravings and cave drawings, but we want to get across the cave experience: it’s vast and deep, and would have taken the original artists 45 minutes to walk to the end in flickering torch light, where they created a superb panel of art on the ceiling of the End Chamber.

To be in the cave is a special and humbling experience; it is a liminal moment that transcends time, and this is what we are trying to capture!

This is a typical day for us as we continue to document the prehistoric cave paintings and petroglyphs which we make available to all on our site Bradshaw Foundation online archive

The Day of Archaeology 2015 is a fantastic idea; it allows us to see what our colleagues are up to around the world, and discover things we might have missed.

Back to my desk, coffee and mammoths. Have a great day!

Peter Robinson
Editor, Bradshaw Foundation