Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Grotte Chauvet added to Unesco's World Heritage list

The French grotto, also called Decorated Cave of Pont d'Arc, is the oldest site added, dating back 36,000 years and includes 1,000 drawings of animals and human hand prints over 90,000 square feet of cave walls. It is in an excellent state of preservation due to being buried by rockfall 23,000 years ago. It is believed to have been a ritual site for shaman. Large cave bears did live in it. Remains and footprints of other animals have been found in it. To preserve it, access is strictly limited to researchers annually. A full size reproduction is being built now to allow the public to view it while protecting the original. This is so cool and it was so important to at least some of our ancestors. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27978440

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