We’re Pauline Coste and Jacques Jaubert, a documentary film maker and Prehistory professor who worked together on a documentary about Palaeolithic burial sites. Want to know more about how recent archaeology is challenging our understanding of anc...
‘The Nobles of Prehistory' documentary on ARTE.tv: https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/097508-000-A/the-nobles-of-prehistory/?cmpid=EN&cmpsrc=Reddit&cmpspt=link
‘The Nobles of Prehistory' documentary on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWyADowoEvw
I’m Pauline Coste, a documentary-film director and screenwriter from France and the director of ‘The Nobles of Prehistory' currently screening on [ARTE.tv]. I have directed 5 documentaries including ‘Looking for Sapiens’ (2018, Prix du Jury FIFAN de Nyon en Suisse 2019), three shorts films, and have worked extensively in production and on numerous film commissions. I’m also passionate about Prehistory and in 2016 obtained my Masters degree in Archeology - Prehistory in Paris. My Master's thesis is directly linked to my documentary “The Nobles of Prehistory", whose goal is to challenge received ideas about the Palaeolithic and to promote the most current scientific knowledge about this period. At present, I am editing another documentary film related to archeology entitled “Le tombeau de Montaigne” which revisits the archaeological excavations of the alleged tomb of 16th century French philosopher and writer, Michel de Montaigne.
I’m Jacques Jaubert, a Professor of Prehistory at the University of Bordeaux and an archaeologist, specialised in the Palaeolithic period. I’m also a member of the Laboratory PACEA (From Prehistory to today, Cultures, Environment, Anthropology) and currently co-leading the T2 team, exploring Archaeology of death, ritual and symbolic (AMoRS). Before Bordeaux, I was curator in archaeology for the Ministry of the Culture (Aix-en-Provence then Toulouse 1986-2001). My PhD, entitled The Early and Middle Palaeolithic in the Causses area, was obtained in Prehistoric Ethnology at the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1984. I supervise the excavation at the Middle Pleistocene site of Coudoulous, Lot (with J.-Ph. Brugal) and Mid-Upper Paleolithic site of Jonzac, Charente-maritime (with J.-J. Hubln). My main focus is on the Neanderthal peopling of Eurasia including Northern Asia and also on the anthropization of the cave world: Cussac Cave (Dordogne), and recently Bruniquel cave. My main fields are in South-western France (Middle, Upper Palaeolithic) and also in Asia: Iran (Middle Palaeolithic in Iran), Yemen (PaleoY R. Macchiarelli dir.), Mongolia (Palaeolithic of Mongolia), Armenia (PaleoCaucase) and since two years in Northern China with Pr. Y. Hou (CAI-Yuanpei). I am a member of many committees, councils, graduate schools, boards for archaeological research and universities, mainly in France for the French Ministry of Culture (ex: Lascaux). I have been the head of the masters programme Biologic Anthropology– Prehistory in the University of Bordeaux since 2007 and have published five books and edited seven publications (colloquiums, national congress) as well as 240 articles.
‘The Nobles of Prehistory’ documentary takes as its starting point archaeologist Émile Rivière’s 1872 discovery of a 25,000 year-old Palaeolithic skeleton at the Balzi Rossi cliffs on the French-Italian border. It follows recent research on the skeleton and associated sites that has now allowed scientists to conceive of a nomadic hunter-gatherer peoples who were much more complex than previously imagined, with hierarchical societies, religious beliefs and a highly developed material culture undermining the idea of 'prehistoric savagery'.
So, if you’ve ever wondered about Prehistory or are interested in archaeology and Palaeolithic burials - AMA!
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“Looking for Sapiens” | Heritage Broadcasting Service:
“Le tombeau de Montaigne” film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc9ftuzPDVI
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