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Research

Camille BOURDIER

Cave art specialist. Senior lecturer in Prehistoric Art at the University of Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès – UMR TRACES 5608

Lecturer-researcher at the University of Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès. Her research is mainly focused on European Palaeolithic cave art. She approaches her subject matter from two vantage points. Firstly, she identifies the cultural geography of these societies by underlining the phenomena of influences and particularisms, filiations and ruptures in graphic production. Secondly, she is interested in the social intentions and uses of the images among these populations, in particular by studying their context (topography, related activities, visits). Part of her research is devoted to methodological development in recording and analysing cave art, with a special interest in 3D technology. 

She has been a member of the Chauvet Cave scientific team since 2011 and, together with Valérie Feruglio, studies the art in the Brunel Chamber and Megaloceros Gallery. She plays a particularly significant role in collaborating with the geo-archaeologists in the stratigraphy of the walls in the Megaloceros Gallery, identifying, defining and ordering the various phenomena (natural, animal, human) and happenings (drawings, engravings, fires, rubbing, scraping, etc.) that have affected the decorated walls in this part of the cave.

Contributions

Mammoth Panel,Entrance Panel,Rhinoceros and the Felines,Dancing Reindeer,Rhinoceros Panel,Megaloceros of the Entrance,Three Lions