Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France 1940
Lascaux is a complex of caves near the village of Montignac, in the department of Dordogne in south western France. Over 600 parietal wall paintings cover the interior walls and ceilings of the cave.
On the 12th September 1940, the entrance to the Lascaux Cave was discovered by 18 year old Marcel Ravidat when his dog, Robot, fell in a hole. Ravidat returned to the scene with three friends, and discovered that the cave walls were covered with depictions of animals.
The paintings represent primarily large animals, typical local contemporary fauna that correspond with the fossil record of the Upper Palaeolithic in the area. They are the combined effort of many generations and, with continued debate, the age of the paintings is now usually estimated at around 17,000 years (early Magdalenian).
Lascaux was inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979, as an element of the Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley.
Extra Note: The original caves have been closed to the public since 1963, as their condition was deteriorating, but there are now a number of replicas.
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