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'Prehistoric Sistine Chapel' gets world heritage status

#1  Postby DougC » Jun 23, 2014 4:47 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27978440
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A cave in southern France dubbed the "prehistoric Sistine Chapel" has been added to Unesco's World Heritage list.
The 1,000 drawings carved in the walls of the Decorated Cave of Pont d'Arc, or Grotte Chauvet, are 36,000 years old and include mammoths and hand prints.

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Cave experts only discovered it in 1994 as the entrance had been concealed by a rockfall 23,000 years earlier.
It was one of several cultural and natural wonders granted the status by a committee of delegates in Doha, Qatar.
UN cultural agency Unesco said the cave, located in the Ardeche region of France featured "the earliest and best-preserved expressions of artistic creation of the Aurignacian people", who were believed to be the first modern human culture in Europe.

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#2  Postby theropod » Jun 23, 2014 4:49 pm

It's about time!

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#3  Postby Keep It Real » Jun 23, 2014 9:33 pm

36,000 years old. Not 8,000; 36,000! Completely fucking awesome! Man, I love this stuff - destroys the Abrahamic religions. I wonder how they dated it? Those clever scientists.
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#4  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Jun 23, 2014 11:50 pm

It's astounding to think that these paintings were already twice as ancient to the early neolithic as the early neolithic is ancient to us. I'm happy to see this as a world heritage site.
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#5  Postby Macdoc » Jun 24, 2014 12:21 am

I've been in one nearby that was also sealed off by collapses until some curious kids found it. The hand freaked me - so fresh looking

http://www.lost-in-france.com/french-re ... of-lascaux

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Peche Merle I recall

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The hand prints were the spookiest. As were the cave bear clawings - damn they were big.
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#6  Postby KeenIdiot » Jun 24, 2014 12:41 am

I remember reading, I think, that the hands were shown to be that of a woman, right?
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#7  Postby Macdoc » Jun 24, 2014 5:13 am

I don't recall - it did look small which struck me at the time. The connection to the person that left the handprint was very strong just in the reality of both the tens of thousands of years yet the "not so different".
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#8  Postby Horwood Beer-Master » Jun 24, 2014 10:57 am

KeenIdiot wrote:I remember reading, I think, that the hands were shown to be that of a woman, right?

I thought the latest thinking was that a lot of this stuff was by children... :ask:
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#9  Postby KeenIdiot » Jun 24, 2014 5:13 pm

Proving even at the dawn of mankind, you still couldn't keep the little runts from scribbling on the walls.
And yeah. The handprints always struck me too. The other painting are nice. But the prints just hit me somehow.
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#10  Postby DougC » Apr 24, 2015 7:16 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32403867
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Vast replica recreates prehistoric Chauvet cave
In the Ardeche gorge in southern France lies one of the most important prehistoric sites ever discovered.
It's locked away behind a thick metal door, hidden halfway up a towering limestone cliff-face.
Few people have ever been allowed inside, but BBC Newsnight has been granted rare access by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
We slide through a metal passageway on our backsides, and then tentatively descend a ladder.
It takes a few moments to adjust to the darkness, but our head torches soon reveal that we've entered into a vast cave system of geological beauty.

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We weave along the narrow metal walkways; stalactites and stalagmites glimmer in the light, sparkling curtains of calcite hang down from above and the floor is awash with the bones of long-dead animals.

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