Daily Images | Cave Paintings

Daily Images – in the mountains of southern France, where human beings have produced art for thousands of years, explorers have discovered an underground cave full of Stone Age paintings, so beautifully made and well preserved that experts are calling it one of the archeological finds of the century.

The enormous underground cavern, which was found on Dec. 18, 1994 in a gorge near the town of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc in the Ardeche region, is studded with more than 300 vivid images of animals and human hands that experts believe were made some 20,000 years ago.

In this great parade of beasts appear woolly-haired rhinos, bears, mammoths, oxen and other images from the end of the Paleolithic era, creatures large and small and variously drawn in yellow ochre, charcoal and hematite.

The murals have surprised specialists because they also include a rare image of a red, slouching hyena and the era’s first-ever recorded paintings of a panther and several owls. Specialists say this ancient art gallery surpasses in size that of the famous caves of Lascaux, also in southern France, and Altamira, Spain, which are widely held to be Western Europe’s finest collection of Stone Age art. [New York Times 19/1/1995]

Daily Images | Cave Paintings

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