France, The Grotte de Niaux

Prof. Tim Darvill and Yvette Staelens of Bournemouth University send a missive from the Grotte de Niaux, a cave bursting with Palaeolithic rock-art


The Bayeux Tapestry, the life story of a masterpiece

The most familiar image in the gallery of the mind’s eye is how Carola Hicks describes The Bayeux Tapestry in her book, subtitled ‘the life story of a masterpiece’. She also notes The Times’s 1944 characterisation of the Tapestry as a great Norman newsreel that anticipated the invention of Technicolor, and noted its descent from […]

Review: The Treasure of Rennes-le-Château

In his best selling book The Da Vinci Code, the author Dan Brown says that there are just two facts in the book: the existence of the Opus Dei and of the Priory of Sion. The Opus Dei is real enough, but the Priory of Sion has a less distinguished pedigree. Bill Putnam, who is […]


France, Millau Viaduct

David Miles, writes about Sir Norman Foster’s finest structures and how they blend into the historic landscape

Bourbonne les Bains

A close look at the copious Roman artefacts found at the bottom of the sacred spring at Bourbonne-les-Bains in France

Roman Remains of Northern & Eastern France

The Roman remains of Northern and Eastern France: A Guide Book by James Romwich published by Routledge (£75) is an admirable book apart from its rather ridiculous price. It covers an area hinging on Lyons, covering Lyons itself, and Paris to the west and Grenoble to the south. It is very much along the lines […]


Being Vercingetorix

Neil Faulkner describes a forthcoming TV series on Caesar’s campaigns in Gaul

Return to Chauvet Cave

The Chauvet Cave The discovery of the Chauvet Cave in the Ardèche valley in the south of France has proved to be one of the most important finds of Palaeolithic cave art since Lascaux. Following its discovery in 1994, it has been scrupulously protected, accessible to only a very few researchers, and in 1995 the […]

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