Man’s first steps. 700 000 years ago, men were present on the terraces overlooking the Durance and the caves in the Verdon. Little by little, they settled down to live by hunting, fishing and gathering.
Man progressively structured his domestic area, evolved towards a production economy, tamed fire (400 000 years before Christ).
From 35000 B.C., the first modern man, Cro-Magnon, invented the art of finery.
The Museum of Prehistory of the Gorges du Verdon in Quinson enables visitors to follow the great stages of Man’s adventure.
Romanity and Christianity
The Roman era was a new stage in the organization of society, rich in innovation particularly in the field of agriculture and town planning. The ancient town of Riez has kept the remains of this brilliant civilization which can also be seen in the spa establishments of Gréoux-les-Bains or Digne-les-Bains.
Then Europe entered the Christian era with its social and political organization which was to develop up until the Middle Ages.
The Priories of Ganagobie, Salagon, the cathedral of Notre-Dame-du-Bourg in Digne-les-Bains, the Villages et cités de caractère trace the evolution of this society, with a large place for Romanesque art and the Renaissance.
Rural life and pastoralism
The material or immaterial objects which bear witness to rural or pastoral life to be seen in the Museum and Gardens of Salagon in Mane and in the Musée de la Vallée éclaté in the Ubaye valley tell of the customs and traditions in the Alpes de Haute-Provence from the Middle Ages up to the early XXth century.
Vauban, Maginot, castels… to visit
- The Fortified heritage from Vauban to Maginot, 3 centuries of military architecture
- Castels, bridge, clock tower