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Chronologie des missions et des participants

1988, crossing of Borneo.

1992, among the Punan of Keriau.

Gua Mardua
1994, the first paintings of Borneo in Mardu Gua.

1998, discovery of Gua Tewet...

Gua Harto
2006, discovery of Gua Harto


Rock Art Expeditions and the Participants:

August: crossing of Borneo from Pontianak to Samarinda, discovery of the drawings of Liang Kaung. Participants: Guillaume Artur du Plessis, Pierre Boccanfuso, Michel Chassier, Luc-Henri Fage, Laurence Grollier, Patrick Julien, Georges Robert.

July: investigation in the Apo Kayan community area. Participants: Laurence Grollier, Luc-
Henri Fage.

July-September: speleo-archaeological survey in the upper Kapuas, Bungan River (Liang Kaung) and Keriau. Participants: Jean-Paul Blancan, Pierre Boccanfuso, Jean-Michel Chazine, Luc-Henri Fage, Laurence Grollier.

November-December: establishment of a project to inventory the caves and observe the surface in the upper Mahakam, Cihan River, and Kacu River areas. Participants: Jean-Michel Chazine, Luc-Henri Fage.

August: survey in the eastern karsts of the Mangkalihat, East Kalimantan. Discovery of first rock art paintings in Borneo in Gua Mardua. Exploration of the Sungai Bai. Participants: Jean-Michel Chazine, Luc-Henri Fage.

August-September: discovery of rock art in Gua Payau, Gua Berhadapan, Gua Kambing and Liang Sara. Participants: Jean-Michel Chazine, Luc-Henri Fage, Pindi Setiawan, Tanguy Thuaud (cameraman). Production of the film The Ornate Caves of Borneo (France 3) (original title: À la découverte des grottes ornées de Bornéo).

August-September: survey of the northeastern area, discovery of (highly degraded) rock art in Liang Alan Bilan, Liang Pelahniran and Liang Ara Raya (paintings and engravings). Participants: Jean-Michel Chazine, Luc-Henri Fage, and Pindi Setiawan.

August-September: discovery of rock art in Gua Masri and Ilas Kenceng. A very good year…
Participants: Jean-Michel Chazine, Luc-Henri Fage, Pindi Setiawan.

April-May: discovery of rock art in Gua Tewet, calcite sampling collected at Ilas Kenceng. Participants: Émeric Benard (cameraman), Jean-Michel Chazine, Luc-Henri Fage, Pindi Setiawan.

May-June: after L.-H. Fage was awarded a Rolex Award for Enterprise (in November 2000), first multidisciplinary expedition. Discovery of 11 decorated caves in the Marang Mountains: Gua Tamrin, Gua Kayu Sapung, Gua Mentis, Gua Kurang Tahau, Gua Pindi, Gua Fosil, Gua Te’et, Gua Ujan, Gua Ilas Kecil, Gua Tengkorak, Liang Tebok, Gua Ham. Participants: Jan-Michel Chazine, Pierre de Coninck, Luc-Henri Fage, Yves Perrette, Pindi Setiawan.

September: Jean-Michel Chazine receives a Cristal award from the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS).

May-June, speleological expedition in collaboration with the Earth Center and Indonesian speleologists. Exploration of Lobang Tondoyan, topography of Gua Sedepan (8km), discovery of rock art in Gua Berak, Gua Payau II, Gua Jufri, Gua Sahak and Gua Tembus. Participants: Pierre de Coninck, Jacques Durand, Luc-Henri Fage, Fabien Hobléa, Georges Marbach, Jean-François Pernette, Michel Perreau, “Toink” Fathoel Rachman, Pindi Setiawan.

August: expedition in collaboration with the caving group Vulcains (Lyon, France), topography at Gua Kambing, discovery of some isolated negative hands in Anak Kambing. Participants: Patrick Degouve, Christian Locatelli, Josiane and Bernard Lips, Georges Robert.

May: surveying expedition in the Marang Mountains, financed in part by SPB, discovery of rock art at Gua Leo, Liang Karim, Ilas Kerim. Participants: Serge Caillault, Luc-Henri Fage.

October-November: major expedition financed by the National Geographic Society, with the filming for ARTE of a documentary, visit of the main caves already known, first Franco-Indonesian excavations. Discovery of rock art at Gua Misna and in a second chamber in Liang Ara Raya (northern Perondongan). Participants: Serge Caillault, Jean-Michel Chazine, Julien Espagne (lithician), Luc-Henri Fage, Carsten Peter (photo­grapher), Patrick Mauroy (sound engineer), Jérôme Pavlovsky (cameraman). Indonesian archaeologists from Puslit Arkenas: Peter Ferdinandus, Gunadi Kasnowihardjo, Udin.

Luc-Henri Fage receives the Prix Liotard, from the Société des Explorateurs Français.
May: survey of the western part of the karstic mountains, discovery of rock art at Gua Kecabe and Gua Harto. Participants: Luc-Henri Fage, ”Toink” Fathoel Rachman.

August: speleological expedition of the caving group Vulcains (Lyon, France), discovery of three new decorated caves: Lubang Apil, Lubang Garbura, Lubang Pran. Participants: Bernard and Josiane Lips, Georges Robert, Xavier Robert, Philippe Sénécal.

June: in commemoration of International Environment Day 2008, the Governor of the district of East Kutai, H. Arwan Faroek Ishak, honored the members of Kalimanthrope with a special citation for their efforts to promote the research and protection of Kalimantan's archaeological heritage.

Publication of the book "Bornéo, la Mémoire des Grottes" in November 2009.

December 2010: publication of the translation in English and Indonesian, of the book ...

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