20 years ago things were easy since Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon skeletons had been found not far from the park. The challenge was to get them to reappear in their natural surroundings. Thanks to morphological and behavioral knowledge concerning prehistoric man, Mademoiselle Monique Luyton, an artist and an expert on reconstruction, was assigned to the task of casting moulds to recreate bodies for the skeletons and bring life back to the little valley – a life in harmony with nature, a life of food gathering, hunting and fishing and fraternizing round the fire: a life that more than one of us yearn for in this day and age of so-called progress.
There were the museums and the painted caves but Préhisto Parc had something different to offer: a different view of how life went on in bygone days. In the tranquillity of the chosen spot, a natural enclosure surrounded by rocks, you follow a circuit and travel back to your origins, dropping in on your ancestors, so to speak! Here the organizers weren’t concerned with fractioning and labelling with strange-sounding names - Erectus, Neanderthal, Homo sapiens, Cro-Magnon – they weren’t obsessed with the need to establish kinship… “Are they close cousins, distant relatives…?” In this park Professor Heim and Madame Girard present humankind as one big family, one single human race constantly adjusting to new conditions - a seemingly endless continuum which began we know not when. We may soon discover how valueless those labels are…
On its 20th anniversary Préhisto Parc received a stream of humans happy to stroll along its shady paths, not clothed in bearskins but in blazers, cassocks, jeans or evening dresses. One single human race with costumes forever changing… but still enjoying being in this secluded and friendly spot – today just as before.