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***U of T Scarborough Signature Event: 32nd Watts Lecture Featuring Dr. Jean Clottes, Archaeologist, Professor and Author***


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The University of Toronto Scarborough is proud to host the 32nd Watts Lecture with feature speaker, Dr. Jean Clottes, Archaeologist.  This lecture is the signature lecture for the university featuring distinguished speakers from all walks of life.

The lecture series, named in memory for the late F.B. Watts, a distinguished geography professor at U of T Scarborough, began in 1970, with the intention that the lectures have as wide an appeal as possible, both within the university and the community.  Past Watts Lecturers have included Lester B. Pearson, David Suzuki, Edwin Mirvish, Mark Tewksbury, and many, many more.

Archaeologist, Professor and Author, Dr. Jean Clottes, will give the Annual Watts Lecture November 27, 2007 at 8 p.m. in the ARC Lecture Hall at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Clottes will speak about The Chauvet Cave, famous for the quality of its artwork and for its very early dates.

WHO:          Dr. Jean Clottes, Archaeologist, Professor and Author

WHAT:        The 32nd Watts Lecture: "The Original Masterpiece"

WHERE:      ARC Lecture Hall, University of Toronto Scarborough

                     1265 Military Trail, Toronto ON M1C 1A4

                     (South of Hwy. 401, east of Morningside Ave.)

WHEN:        Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 8:00 pm

COST:         Free, Everyone Welcome

Biography of Professor Jean Clottes

Jean Clottes studied at Toulouse University (1950-1957), taught French for three years in England and got his PhD (Doctorat d’Etat) on Prehistory in 1975. Appointed Director of Prehistoric Antiquities for Midi-Pyrénées in 1971. In 1992, he was I appointed General Inspector for Archaeology at the Ministry of Culture, and in 1993 became Scientific Advisor at the same Ministry for everything relating to prehistoric rock art, a position he held until his official retirement in July 1999. He is currently the editor of the International Newsletter on Rock Art (INORA), and a director of collection (“Arts Rupestres”) at “Éditions du Seuil” and also at “La maison des roches”, both in Paris. He has taught at the Universities of Toulouse (France), Neuchâtel (Switzerland), Gerona (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina, INAPL), Berkeley (USA). His scientific concerns are now mostly related to prehistoric rock art, in particular to its preservation and recording, dating problems, the study of its archaeological context (to put it in a better anthropological and cultural perspective), and finally the problems of epistemology and the search for meaning. He has published (or edited) 23 books and more than 350 papers. Four of his books (and many papers) have been published in English: The Cave Beneath the Sea (Harry Abrams, 1996); The Shamans of Prehistory, with D. Lewis-Williams (Harry Abrams,1998); World Rock Art (Getty Foundation, 2002); Chauvet Cave: the art of earliest times (ed.) (The University of Utah Press, 2003).

The Chauvet Cave:

The Chauvet Cave is famous both for the quality of its artwork and for  its very early dates. The cave was frequented at two periods : first, between 30,000/32,000BP (before present), when most of the art was made, then between 26,000/27,000BP.

About 430 animals were represented, in a majority those that were not hunted (cave lions, mammoths, rhinoceroses, cave bears).

A multidisciplinary scientific team has been working not only on the art but also on the spectacular traces and remains of the ground, left by humans (fires, charcoal) and by animals (mostly cave bears).

The latest - lavishly illustrated book - on the Chauvet Cave has been published in English and in French: J. Clottes (ed.), « La Grotte Chauvet: L’Art des Origines », Paris, Le Seuil, 2001, « Return to Chauvet Cave. Excavating the Birthplace of Art: The First Full Report », London, Thames & Hudson, 2003.

This event is generously supported by TD Meloche Monnex.

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