Valley of prehistoric cave art

Valley of prehistoric cave artBeneath the Dordogne in France lies the ‘Louvre of pre-history’ – thousands of cave paintings made 11,000 to 37,000 years ago, writes ELGY GILLESPIE
THE TRUFFLE-SCENTED valleys of France’s Dordogne are studded with golden stone castles. It’s as though Richard the Lionheart was just killing time around the next corner with his troubadour, and the Hundred Years’ War was only yesterday. But that’s just the latest layer of activity.

Peruvian shamans stage beach side ceremony to wish William and Kate well

Peruvian shamans stage beach side ceremony to wish William and Kate wellA photograph of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, left, stands by a photograph of Prince William's mother, the late Princess Diana, right, on La Herradura beach by a skull during a ritual by Peruvian shamans to send good vibes to their royal wedding in Lima, Peru, Wednesday April 27, 2011. Kate and William will marry on Friday.

Plants found in ancient pills offer medicinal insight

Plants found in ancient pills offer medicinal insightDNA extracted from 2,000-year-old plants recovered from an Italian shipwreck could offer scientists the key to new medicines.
Carrots, parsley and wild onions were among the samples preserved in clay pills on board the merchant trading vessel that sank around 120 BC. It's believed the plants were used by doctors to treat intestinal disorders among the ship's crew.

Santa Cruz Wicca Community Celebrates Days of Fire, Fertility

Santa Cruz Wicca Community Celebrates Days of Fire, FertilityThe fire pit mirrored the circle created by the witches. Fire dancers enclosed the group while the beating of the drum echoed the witches’ chants as they sang praises to their god and goddess, welcoming them into the circle.

In a cave with Werner Herzog

In a cave with Werner HerzogDuring two brief periods a year, a few select paleontologists, geologists and other specialists receive special permission from the French government to pass through a vault-like door on a cliff above the Ardeche River in southwestern France. Once inside the Chauvet cave, they become members of an exclusive group — those who have witnessed, in three dimensions, the oldest known art in the world.