Discover the anthological treasures and culinary delights from Bordeaux to Toulouse alongside of Professor Emeritus Alan Mann and your fellow Princetonians August 30-September 10, 2017.
Sip world-class vintages, dine in hilltop castles, discover the fascinating history of cliff-clinging villages. Join Princeton Journeys' beloved study leader, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Alan Mann, on an exploration through one of the world's premier wine regions that is equally rich in historical treasures as it is in vineyard acres. We begin in the city of Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where flat terrain in the historic center invites exploration of its charming avenues on foot. The wine region around Bordeaux produces over 700 million bottles annually, from everyday table wines to some of the most rare and sought-after in the world. We will make stops to savor some of these along with the region's famous cuisine, including a visit to St. Emilion, another World Heritage site that can be traced back to prehistoric times. Along the way we will dive into ancient human history at the sites of some of the oldest known art in the world, much of it remarkably well-preserved, including a 25,000-year-old rock carving of a salmon and the incomparable caves at Lascaux.
About the Study Leader
Dr. Alan Mann, Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus will serve as the study leader for this journey and will guide our exploration of the evolution of humankind.
Dr. Mann received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and joined the Princeton faculty as Professor of Anthropology in 2001, coming from the University of Pennsylvania. His major interest is the evolutionary origins of humanity and he has done field work studying the fossil remains of human ancestors in many parts of Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. For the past 20 years, he has focused on research in France, co-directing the excavation of Neandertal archaeological site where Princeton undergraduates worked each summer for twelve years. He holds a research appointment in the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie of the Université de Bordeaux and in 2013, he was awarded the Palmes Académiques by the government of France for contributions to French culture. He has published more than 75 scientific papers and four books.