Many of us have heard of Lascaux, the cave in France with its prehistoric paintings of pot-bellied horses and other strange animals. But did you know that even older prehistoric paintings were discovered in 1994, in a cave just north of Avignon?
The Grotte Chauvet was made famous by Werner Herzog’s documentary “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and has recently been opened to the public. Well, not the real one, but an almost perfect re-creation. Like Lascaux, the real cave is closed to the public to prevent damage to its delicate artwork.
I recently wrote an article about it for the excellent website The Good Life France and you can find it here.