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Is Chauvet cave open to the public?

Last Updated: 27th January, 2020

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Although it has been on Unesco's World Heritage list since 2014, it has not been open to the public to protect the paintings from fungal damage, which happened at Lascaux cave. In 2015, a replica of Chauvet, the Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, opened less than a kilometre away from the original.

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Hereof, what is significant about Chauvet cave?

The Chauvet Cave is one of the most famous prehistoric rock art sites in the world. Chauvet Cave's importance is based on two factors: firstly, the aesthetic quality of these Palaeolithic cave paintings, and secondly, their great age.

One may also ask, how many paintings are in the Chauvet cave? The art. There are hundreds of paintings and engravings in the Chauvet Cave, ranging from geometric forms of red dots on the walls, to handprints, to more than 420 animal representations.

Secondly, who found the Chauvet cave?

The cave was first explored by a group of three speleologists: Eliette Brunel-Deschamps, Christian Hillaire, and Jean-Marie Chauvet for whom it was named six months after an aperture now known as "Le Trou de Baba" ("Baba's Hole") was discovered by Michel Rosa (Baba). At a later date the group returned to the cave.

Where is the Chauvet and Lascaux caves located?

Lascaux Caves is one of the world's most famous prehistoric caves. Consisting of one great chamber and two passageways, it is located near Sarlat on a hillside in Montignac, in the Dordogne region of southwest France.

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Yones Landazabal

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How old is the Chauvet cave?

between 30,000 and 32,000 years old

Ventura Tuns

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Why are the cave paintings important?

Prehistoric cave-art is important as it serves as some of the best means of showing the interaction between our primitive ancestors and the world as they perceived it. These people painted mostly animals that they most likely hunted as a major source of food, and in doing so left behind evidence of their activities.

Din Ibelings

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Did people live in Chauvet cave?

People never lived in the cave, explained Anita Quiles of the French Institute of Oriental Archeology and Jean-Michel Geneste of the Ministry of Culture and Communication in Paris, two of the authors on the paper. It appears they went there mostly to create their symbolic art.

Susanna Feustel

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What is the oldest cave painting?

The oldest known cave painting is a red hand stencil in Maltravieso cave, Cáceres, Spain. It has been dated using the uranium-thorium method to older than 64,000 years and was made by a Neanderthal.

Floricel Kabisha

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Why did prehistoric man paint on cave walls?

Perhaps the cave man wanted to decorate the cave and chose animals because they were important to their existence. Prehistoric man could have used the painting of animals on the walls of caves to document their hunting expeditions.

Svetlozar Rannou

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What were cave paintings made of?

Prehistoric painters used the pigments available in the vicinity. These pigments were the so-called earth pigments, (minerals limonite and hematite, red ochre, yellow ochre and umber), charcoal from the fire (carbon black), burnt bones (bone black) and white from grounded calcite (lime white).”

Urvashi Seffrin

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What is the panel of horses?

The Panel of Horses (cover), a rare naturalistic masterpiece, includes about 20 animals. The confrontation of 2 male rhinoceroses at the bottom of this panel reveals small arched ears, crossed horns, and leg positions suggesting movement.

Naufal Cigarro

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What does the panel of horses depict?

The Hillaire Chamber
The Panel of the Engraved Horse depicts a horse walking to the left. Created with the same finger-tracing method of painting as the nearby owl image, the Horse is a partial representation, with a full mane and a hairy chest, but with legs tapering into abstract lines.

Elmo Kienast

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Where can you see cave paintings in France?

Lascaux (French: Grotte de Lascaux, "Lascaux Cave"; English: /læsˈko?/, French: [lasko]) is the setting of a complex of caves near the village of Montignac, in the department of Dordogne in southwestern France. Over 600 parietal wall paintings cover the interior walls and ceilings of the cave.

Sharolyn Katsebin

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Who made cave paintings?

Cave Paintings Found in Spain Are First Known Neanderthal Art. In a cave in Spain, scientists found this ladder shape made of red horizontal and vertical lines. The artwork dates to more than 64,000 years ago, suggesting it was created by Neanderthals.

Millan Veitz

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Why was the cave of Lascaux closed to the public in 1963?

Archaeologists believe that the cave was used over a long period of time as a center for hunting and religious rites. The Lascaux grotto was opened to the public in 1948 but was closed in 1963 because artificial lights had faded the vivid colors of the paintings and caused algae to grow over some of them.

Dimitre Kilminster

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How was the Cosquer cave discovered?

The Cosquer Cave (Marseille, France) was discovered in 1985 by a diver, Henri Cosquer, deep under the sea (the original entrance is about 115 feet below present-day sea level) but its paintings were not mentioned until 1991 after three divers died in the cave when they got lost. Several large caves are next to Cosquer.

Claudina Hauche

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Why is it called the sorcerer in Chauvet cave?

The Sorcerer is one name for an enigmatic cave painting found in the cavern known as 'The Sanctuary' at Trois-Frères, Ariège, France. The figure's significance is unknown, but it is usually interpreted as some kind of great spirit or master of the animals.

Leah Dwornicki

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When was Altamira Cave painted?

Altamira Cave Paintings (34,000-15,000 BCE)

Fulgencia Fedotenko

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Which Upper Palaeolithic cave was most recently discovered and has many paintings of bears and rhinoceroses?

Lascaux Cave is a Palaeolithic cave situated in southwestern France, near the village of Montignac in the Dordogne region, which houses some of the most famous examples of prehistoric cave paintings.

Moslim Albo

Reviewer

What year did modern day cavers rediscover the ancient Paleolithic drawings inside Chauvet cave?

Twenty-two thousand years ago, the entrance that overlooked the Ardèche Gorge collapsed, sealing the cave. Nothing entered and nothing changed until 1994 when three cavers shimmied through a tiny crack and rediscovered the chambers and their art.

Kilyan Glukhonkov

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When was the Magura Cave Discovered?

A solar calendar from the late Neolithic found there is the earliest solar calendar discovered in Europe. It is painted on the walls of the sanctuary hall and depicts 5 festivals and 366 days. The Magura Cave was recognized as a natural landmark by Decree 666 on 3 May 1960.

Placer Cambra

Reviewer

What is the most famous cave art ever found?

Nicknamed “the prehistoric Sistine Chapel”, the Lascaux Caves are a cave complex in southwestern France decorated with some of the most impressive and famous cave paintings in the world. The Lascaux paintings are estimated to be 17,000 years old.

Olau Zhernosek

Reviewer

How do you pronounce Chauvet?

I usually pronounce it "shaw-vay" but shovay works too.