b'JOURNEY TO FRANCE & EGYPT By Dr. Stephen Phillips, Ed.D.As a long-time contributor to our lecture series, Dr. Phillips serves as Research Assistant to theEgyptian section of the University of Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.Neanderthals in The South of FranceAt the Dawn of Human Art January 3, 2 p.m. (Bradford Movie Theater) in southern FranceFebruary 7, 2 p.m. (Ashcroft Movie Theater)For more than 250,000 years our evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals, survived in Europe andThe capability to express ourselves through art is parts of the Middle East. In this lecture, we departamong the features that make our species unique our normal desert topography for a site deep inin the animal kingdom. Indeed, scholarly research the French countryside. Some 45 minutes east ofinto the origins of human art plays a vital role in the town of Cognac lies Fontchevade Caveanthropological research, including the caves in a site known for the 1947 discovery of ancientsouthern France where hundreds of images have remains and tools dating to 200,000 years ago.been found on the walls. Well visit three of the From 1996 to 1999, Dr. Steve served as the Fieldmost remarkable sites . Font de Gaume, Lascaux, Laboratory Supervisor for the Penn Museumand Chauvet. But, why did these Paleolithicexcavations at the cave. Join us in January as weartisans produce art at all? And what can we even spend time together in warm and sunny Francedelve from these images all these years later? Well reviewing finds and learning what camp life is likeanswer these and other questions as we view and while digging in southern France. interpret this remote, early human art. 44'