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This means that these images were created roughly 29-30,000 BCE, making them the third oldest figurative cave paintings in the world, after the Sulawesi animal pictures in Indonesia and the more primitive Fumane cave paintings (c.35,000 BCE) in Italy.
The cave was closed to the public in 1963 in order to preserve the art.(AFP) The new work, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that humans frequented the cave during two distinct periods that were separated by several thousands of years. Discovery and Preservation Carbon-Dating: How Old are the Cave Paintings at Chauvet?Slowly but surely, the mysterious and haunting Chauvet cave is giving up its secrets.The cave, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site two years ago, was discovered in the south of France in 1994.
What Was the Purpose of These Cave Paintings? Famous Caves - France and Spain - Rest of Europe - India - South Africa - Namibia - Australia - Argentina - SE Asia In prehistoric art, the term "cave painting" encompasses any parietal art which involves the application of colour pigments on the walls, floors or ceilings of ancient rock shelters.