Prehistoric Astronomers (2009)

Prehistoric Astronomers

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For the last 20 years, Chantal Jègues-Wolkiewiez, an independent astronomer and ethnologist, has lead a rigorous investigation to prove a theory about the origins of astronomy. It 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? 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.



35,000 Years ago in Europe, tribes of hunter gatherers invented a fascinating artform. An art populated with animals, emerging from the depth of the earth. Some 18,000 years later in the heart of Périgueux region in france they created their most fabulous masterpiece: Lascaux. Prehistorians have offered all sorts of explanations for the paintings. But an independent French researcher has come with an exciting new hypothesis. She thinks the Lascaux cave paintings represent a map of the sky: The sky as seen by the world's first prehistoric astronomers, 17,000 years ago.



PRODUCTION: BONNE PIOCHE

avec la participation d'Arte / RTBF / Planète



Directors: Stéphane Bégoin & Vincent Tardieu



Awards


TOULON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (France)

City Award

8TH BIDASSOA ARCHAEOLOGICAL FILM FESTIVAL (Spain)

Special Award

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL ON TRIBAL ART & CULTURE (India)

Official Selection

ATHENS SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Greece)

Compétition Off

AMIENS ARCHAEOLOGICAL FILM FESTIVAL (France)

Official Selection

RASSEGNA ARCHAEOLOGICAL FILM FESTIVAL (Italy)

Official Selection

PARISCIENCE FESTIVAL (France)

Official Selection

HD FILM FESTIVAL (France)

Official Selection

BANGKOK SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Thailand)

Official Selection



Source: ZED

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