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How Did They do That?

The Sistine Chapel of Paleolithic cave art – the Lascaux Cave

CAVE PAINTING

ILLUSTRATION: SOL 90, ALAMY X2, GETTY X6, TOPFOTO X2

Discovered by four local boys in 1940, the remarkably detailed and vivid animal pictures and symbols in France’s Lascaux Cave date back 17,000 years. They bear witness to our ancestors’ daily lives… and to their startling artistic talent.

Entrance to the cave

In prehistoric times, a rocky escarpment marked the entrance but was later hidden by several thousand years of erosion. Ultimately, a landslide completely blocked the entrance. In 1940 an upturned tree revealed a small hole into which Robot the dog disappeared...

LASCAUX II Faithful reproductions in the replica cave
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