Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, pays tribute to Gilles Delluc, an exceptional French speleologist and prehistorian, author of many works on Palaeolithic art and the history of prehistory in the Dordogne, and more particularly on the Lascaux cave.
A physician by training, he is known for his rich contributions to the study of nephrology and digestive tract diseases, as well as his commitment to the therapeutic education of diabetic patients.
Originally from Dordogne, since childhood his hobbies are devoted to exploring the various underground cavities of the region, which he travels tirelessly.
A founding executive of the Spéléo-Club de Périgueux, Gilles Delluc took part in the work of desbstructing the rooms of the Lascaux cave in the 1950s.
He never ceased to advance the practice of caving, in the service of science. A pioneer of scuba diving in underground rivers, he took part in the exploration of numerous caves, from Rouffignac to the Lot and Gers Massif chasms.
He became a doctor in Quaternary Geology, Paleo-Anthropology and Prehistory in 1985, and devoted himself with passion to these subjects, together with his wife, Brigitte Delluc.
Together, they participated in the scientific analysis of the Lascaux cave, under the direction of their friend, Professor André Leroi-Gourhan. Participating in the design of Lascaux II and Lascaux III, they are responsible, among other things, The dictionary of Lascaux, as well as the discovery and publication of André Glory’s forgotten «treasure».
«Inventors» of the large rooms of the cave of Villars, of which they have opened the Trou qui fume, they have dedicated many articles to it.
Author of more than 1,000 publications with his wife, Gilles Delluc is among the first to take an interest in the issues of sexuality, nutrition and Paleolithic pathologies. He left his mark on the study of prehistory.
An accomplished physician, historian, adventurer and sportsman, Gilles Delluc leaves behind the memory of a passionate scholar, eager to make prehistory known to the greatest number.
Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin extends her deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.