Science Festival 2018 at the Grotte Chauvet 2 Ardèche

The Science Festival at the Grotte Chauvet 2 Ardèche consists in two events : first, a lecture on the valley of Côa rock art by Thierry Aubry, and then, workshops to fight common beliefs about Paleolithic (and also free access to part of the site).


OCTOBER 5, 2018 – Lecture : The open-air rock art of the Côa Valley

The Côa Valley in northern Portugal is the largest open-air rock art site of the Upper Paleolithic listed at the World Heritage (UNESCO).

Prehistorians thought that our Paleolithic ancestors lived mostly in shelters or caves and sometimes decided to decorate their walls.
The discovery in 1994 of these thousands of engravings scattered in the open air revolutionized their way of thinking about rock art.

The lecture will be given by Thierry Aubry, prehistorian at the Fundação Côa Parque, in charge of the valorization of this prehistorical site.

Free (entrance possible from 6 P.M.).


Gravures paléolithiques au Portugal



Free access to the site with the Aurignacian Gallery (without the guided tour of the Cave)


Free workshops from 2 to 5.30 P.M. :


The sounds of Prehistory

How sounded the music made by our Prehistorian ancestors ?
An incredible array of music instruments that we know existed during Prehistorical times, plus instruments that we can assume the existence, will be presented !




Man, a monkey like others ?

Using moulds of skulls, discover “the plural humanity”. This playful and very illustrated workshop invites to debate the very definition of mankind and helps us understand the principles of evolution.