The Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in the Ardèche department of southern France is a cave that contains the earliest known and best preserved figurative cave paintings in the world

From the Aurignacian period (30,000 to 32,000 BP). The Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave, was discovered in the Ardèche valley (in southern France) in December 1994 by three cave explorers, after removing the rumble of stones that blocked a passage.


The cave is extensive, about 400 meters long, with vast chambers. The floor of the cave is littered with archaeological and palaeontological remains, including the skulls and bones of cave bears, which hibernated there, along with the skulls of an ibex and wolves. The cave bears left innumerable scratches on the walls and footprints on the ground.  The cave contains the earliest known and best preserved figurative cave paintings in the world


The cave has been sealed off to the public since its discovery in 1994.
But this year A facsimile of Chauvet Cave, on the model of the so-called “Faux Lascaux”, was opened to the general public 25 April, 2015.  It is the largest cave replica ever built.


To visit The Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave and more things to do in France
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