1978 Laureate, Cultural Heritage
Switzerland, Born 1934
For close to half a century, Luc Debecker, a Belgian-born industrial surveyor living in Switzerland and France, has been spending most of his weekends and holidays compiling a guide to the world’s oldest "art gallery" — the caves where Stone Age peoples living in Europe 40,000 years ago painted the animals of their time with astonishing realism and skill. Without the support of the Rolex Award he won in 1978, Debecker is convinced he would have abandoned his ambitious project to document this important part of our prehistory.
years that information about 203 engravings from a cave in France sat in a historian's files before being published
known caves in France and Spain that Debecker included in his file
caves Debecker catalogued by the 1970s, at his own expense
the length, in metres, of Altamira in northern Spain, an impressive Cro-Magnon site