Written and directed by R. Hope
52’ for Montagne TV (spring 2013).
French and English versions
We venture on a trail into our distant past, asking... who were the Neanderthals?
The answer, in part, lies entangled in the ancient hinterlands of Neanderthal territories. In those territories numerous caves conceal Neanderthal debris, including their discarded flint tools. Petrological analysis of those flints fingerprints the provenance sites of these tools to specific outcrops within the landscape.
Through this, we now understand just where the Neanderthal groups went through the land…
Rob Hope follows the trail in a quest to understanding these enigmatic nomads... and meets with specialists J P Raynal, M H Moncel, Camille Daujeard and J Combier of France’s CNRS research department, as well as Svante Pääbo, of the Max Planck Institute and A Defleur.