BOOK. The testimony of an extraordinary adventure, told by the protagonists themselves: the exceptional discovery of a prehistoric art over 10,000 years old... This magnificently illustrated work makes us discover the richness, the complexity and the antiquity of this region of the world today threatened. A very beautiful book.
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BOOK. Borneo, Memory of the Caves is the testimony of an extraordinary adventure, told by the protagonists themselves: the exceptional discovery of prehistoric art dating back more than 10,000 years, which sheds light on the settlement processes between Asia and Australia.
Since 1988, mission after mission, the profile of the ancient populations of Borneo, probably related to the Aborigines of Australia, has taken shape, and the particular relationships they have woven with the caves by creating a rock art characterized by the abundance of negative hands: nearly 2000 have been counted, which allow us to propose new interpretations of this universal motif.
This beautifully illustrated book makes us discover the richness, the complexity and the antiquity of this region of the world today threatened.
Possible dedication of one of the authors, to ask in the observation part of the basket.
Authors : Luc-Henri Fage (text, photos, statements), Jean-Michel Chazine. Preface by Jean-Clottes
A magnificent book of 176 pages, all in color, with more than 350 photos and illustrations, articulated around a story of adventure, from cave to cave, from surprise to discovery... Hardcover, with a laminated jacket. Format 25 x 32 cm.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - Twenty years underground in Borneo
For Luc-Henri Fage, documentary filmmaker and speleologist, the adventure of the ornate caves of Borneo began in 1988. He had no idea then that this quest would continue for nearly twenty years and eleven expeditions (see NGM n071, August 2005). Very quickly, the ethnoarchaeologist Jean-Michel Chazine (CNRS) joined him. During their travels, the two men photographed and studied the paintings -more than 1900 negative hands- and the drawings of the forgotten populations who lived there more than 10,000 years ago. The book that they have just published retraces not only these discoveries, but also the memories of their expeditions in these lands so difficult to access. Written as a travelogue, richly illustrated with hundreds of photos, maps and diagrams, this book should be read by all those who are passionate about scientific and human adventure. - Céline Lison
LIBERATION - This book results from a double adventure, that of the couple formed by the explorer Luc -Henri Fage and the archaeologist Jean-Michel Chazine. Discovering an ornate cave in 1988 in the jungle of Borneo, Fage leads Chazine there. From 1992 to 2007, a series of explorations in a difficult-to-access environment followed, which brought to light half a dozen archaeological sites of great value, including the first cave paintings in the region, revealing the diversity of prehistoric settlements.
Richly illustrated and very pleasant to read, this work makes discover a cave art of five to ten thousand years ago, totally unknown. But the scientific interest of the discoveries goes well beyond the simple compilation or the recurrent debate on the meaning of these signs and drawings. The Indonesian peninsula played a decisive role in the expansion of the human species towards the Pacific. Connected to the continent during the ice ages, the Indonesian archipelago is indeed the place of passage to Australia, and the starting point of the conquerors of the Pacific islands. By opening a new archaeological chapter on a territory previously terra incognita because of its hostility, Fage and Chazine have also filled in a page that was previously
virgin page in the great history book of Homo sapiens. SYLVESTRE HUET
CAFÉ GÉOGRAPHIE, read the review by Christophe Gauchon