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The Cave at Lascaux

In the southwest of France in September 1940 four teenaged boys decided to explore a large hole lying between the roots of a dead tree. When they went down the hole they found themselves in a cave and to their astonishment they found that the white calcite walls were covered with paintings of animals.
Archaeologists say the paintings were done 17,000 years ago. The cave with its great chamber – known as the Hall of Bulls – and the two passages leading from it contain 600 paintings, about 1500 engravings and several mysterious geometric figures.
The paintings, done in colour, have such elegance and freshness that it is hard to believe that they were executed by the light of flickering lamps by artists using the most primitive of tools.
When the famous artist Pablo Picasso came out of the cave he is said to have exclaimed : “We have invented nothing!"

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