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Foreword: Claude Guérin (1939 – 2016)

Martine Faure
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1- Codirector of diverse excavations in France
2- Participation in International expeditions

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Photo 1 : Claude Guérin in July 2009 at National Parc Serra da Capivara

Photo 1 : Claude Guérin in July 2009 at National Parc Serra da Capivara

Piauí, Brazil

Claude Guérin was born on the 4th September, 1939 (the day that World War II was declared, as he sometimes remarked) at Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon in the Rhône, but he was proud of his family roots in Ardèche. Claude Debussy inspired the choice of his name.

He completed his secondary school studies at the Collège François Ponsard in Vienne, in the Dauphiné. From his school days he remained in contact with one of his teachers, Gabriel Chapotat, his History-Geography teacher with whom, decades later, he published some papers.

The elder of two boys, during his youth he was quite solitary, and read a lot, notably Jules Verne’s Voyages Extraordinaires, which doubtlessly fulfilled his need for evasion and which nourished his taste for scientific expeditions, strange animals and aeronautics.

When he was at college, he read On the Track of Unknown Animals by Bernard Heuvelmans, publish...

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Martine Faure, « Foreword: Claude Guérin (1939 – 2016) », Quaternaire, vol. 29/3 | 2018, 177-182.

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Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Ens de Lyon, CNRS, UMR 5276 LGL-TPE, FR-69622 Villeurbanne ; Université Lumière - Lyon 2, UFR Temps et Territoires, 5 avenue Pierre Mendès-France, FR-69676 Bron cedex. E-mail :

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