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Dawn of Art - Lascaux

We head to Dordogne in southwestern France to see Paleolithic cave paintings ...


Lascaux Cave is famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings. The original caves are located near the village of Montignac. The paintings are estimated to be 17 300 years old. They primarily consist of images of large animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time.
Make sure to also see this guided tour followed by this media collection.

The original cave was closed to the public in 1963 in order to preserve the art. What you will visit is a REPLICA. The discovery of the monumental Lascaux cave in 1940 brought with it a new era in our knowledge of both prehistoric art and human origins.

So what do these images mean? See: http://archeologie.culture.fr/lascaux/en/interpretations and then I would suggest this essay by Dr. Mary Beth Looney.



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