About Thomas

Thomas DowsonWith my professional expertise in archaeology and art history, my passion for gourmet cuisine, and my highly praised B&B in Normandy I provide the ultimate experience of French archaeology, art and gastronomy.

Thomas – thank you for your hospitality, your warmth, your advice, your directions, your wonderful meals, your curiosity and great conversations. You have created a haven and we feel very privileged to have shared it for a few days.


After leaving school I trained as an archaeologist, specialising in prehistoric art – including the wonderful Stone Age cave art of France. Below you can view a documentary that was made by the BBC that deals with my interpretation of prehistoric cave art. For the most part I taught archaeology and carried out my research at Universities in South Africa and the UK. Now living in France, I have continued with my archaeological research, regularly writing and speaking for both academic and public audiences.

Basse Copette is ranked in the top ten of 454 B&Bs in NormandyIn 2004 I started renovating an old farmhouse and barn in a small hamlet in Upper Normandy, and by spring of 2005 welcomed my first guests to my B&B and holiday cottage. Over the years many of my guests have returned, complimenting me on my attention to detail, the great food and the warm welcome they get when they come to Basse Copette. Currently, Basse Copette is ranked in the top thirty of 675 B&Bs in Normandy.

Not only have I travelled extensively, exploring the archaeology on every continent, but more recently I have been successfully providing a setting for other people’s holidays in northern France. I have come to know what it takes to plan a once in a lifetime trip, whether to a country where English is not the mother tongue, or where getting about is not always that straight forward for everyone. Now I have combined these skills and experiences to offer all inclusive holidays, where everything has been arranged for you to enjoy the best that France has to offer.

I offer three different holiday opportunities:

a guided tour of Monet’s Normandy

a guided tour of Normandy and the Somme

a luxury guided tour of the best cultural attractions in France

Also, have a look at:

The Basse Copette website

My academic profile

Launching soon:


Archaeology Travel - Guide to Archaeological Sites in Europe

Or, watch the following documentary, from the BBC Ape Man series.

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