Renowned French archaeologist and cave art authority Professor Jean Clottes and Deputy Chair, NZ National Commission for UNESCO, Dr Andrew Matthews.
Professor Clottes gave public talks in Timaru, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland focusing on the Chauvet Cave in France.
The talks have been followed by a 2D-screening of Werner Herzog's film 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' in which Professor Clottes features. This film was part of the 2010 New Zealand International Film Festival. It explores the Chauvet Cave, which was discovered in 1994 in the Ardèche region in southern France.
It is one of the most important painted caves ever found.
The NZ National Commission for UNESCO contributed towards the costs of Professor Clottes’ visit to New Zealand, together with the Embassy of France, the New Zealand France Friendship Fund, Alliance Francaise, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Ngai Tahu Maori Rock Art Trust, Canterbury Museum and the Auckland War Memorial Museum.