Charles Higham remembers his first digs in France, at age 16, in 1956.

[My brother] Richard and I began in the Grotte de L’Hyene. This was a tunnel complex that contained the occasional Neanderthal artefact. It was dark and cold, and at lunchtime we crawled out into the welcome summer warmth for food, liberally enhanced with the local red wine. All then retired for a much needed siesta, to be awakened for further digging by the sound of Mongolian bagpipes played by Professor Leroi-Gourhan, ‘Le Patron’.

Current World Archaeology 48 (Aug/Sept 2011), p. 14


  1. #1 Deborah
    August 1, 2011

    Those were the days.

  2. #2 Phillip IV
    August 2, 2011

    I bet you have some pretty weird dreams when you’re waking up to Mongolian bagpipes. Something about having to run through a corridor with a floor made up from kittens, or along those lines.

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