Lascaux cave dating


As the first British reporter allowed access to the almost completed site, I’m hailing this as a triumph: without any doubt, this is the French cultural event of 2016.

The Lascaux Caves in the Dordogne region of southwest France contain some of the oldest and finest prehistoric art in the world.

Figuring out the age of cave art is fraught with difficulties.

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A new technique for dating cave art pushes the earliest works back to at least 41,000 years ago and raises the possibility that Neandertals were responsible for some of it.

Pedro Saura; (bottom left) Rodrigo De Balbin Behrmann The basic questions about early European cave art—who made it and whether they developed artistic talent swiftly or slowly—were thought by many researchers to have been settled long ago: Modern humans made the paintings, crafting brilliant artworks almost as soon as they entered Europe from Africa.

Lascaux is the name given to a cave in the Vézère Valley of southwestern France. There are a number of caves near the village of Montignac, in the Dordogne département.

One of these caves contains some of the best-known Upper Paleolithic art.

Radiocarbon dating of charcoal and other artifacts found in the cave complex has led most scholars to date the Lascaux paintings to c.15,000 BC, making them some of the oldest paintings in the world.