16 Apr '11, 8pm

The Chauvet Cave Paintings: The Oldest Known Art on Earth

The Chauvet Cave Paintings: The Oldest Known Art on Earth

Photo: HTO Four aurochs (left), two rhinoceroses (below) and a panel of four horses (extreme right) When the Chauvet Cave was discovered in 1994, speleologists Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunet and Christian Hillaire were astonished at the sight of the remarkable prehistoric cave art before their eyes. The cave contained the earliest known paintings by man, dating back some 32,000-35,000 years. No other cave site of such archaeological importance had ever been found in this part of France. Hardly surprising when you consider that the paintings it contains are the earliest known anywhere on Earth. Famous as one of the most densely decorated caves of its kind, the Chauvet Cave was adorned with more than 400 painted or engraved animals from prehistoric times. This includes exceptionally high quality images of mammoths, lions, rhinoceroses, bison, horses and bears. Truly, our...

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