Located in a limestone plateau of the Ardèche River in southern France, the property contains the earliest-known and best-preserved figurative drawings in the world, dating back as early as the Aurignacian period (30,000–32,000 BP), making it an exceptional testimony of prehistoric art. The cave was closed off by a rock fall approximately 20,000 years BP and remained sealed until its discovery in 1994, which helped to keep it in pristine condition. Over 1,000 images have so far been inventoried on its walls, combining a variety of anthropomorphic and animal motifs. Of exceptional aesthetic quality, they demonstrate a range of techniques including the skilful use of shading, combinations of paint and engraving, anatomical precision, three-dimensionality and movement. They include several dangerous animal species difficult to observe at that time, such as mammoth, bear, cave lion, rhino, bison and auroch, as well as 4,000 inventoried remains of prehistoric fauna and a variety of human footprints.
|Nimes and surroundings with Tim Richards en||2013||61.1km||site_izi|
|Trip over Arles area with Tim Richards. Travelbook en||2013||77.3km||site_izi|
|Boule aux Rats||2019||62.5km||site_ao|
|Maison Carrée Reconstructed Inscription||2019||61.2km||site_ao|
|100,000 Soldiers of Trabuc Caves||2018||47.9km||site_ao|
|The Highest Manned Weather Station in France||2017||74.6km||site_ao|
|The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape||2011||77.3km||site_whs|
|Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)||1985||49.9km||site_whs|
|Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the ‘Triumphal Arch’ of Orange||1981||41.9km||site_whs|
|Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments||1981||80.8km||site_whs|
|Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge||1995||57.5km||site_whs|
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