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Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: Palaeolithic
Date of Inscription: 1979
Location: Europe, France, Region of Aquitaine, Department of the Dordogne
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Description: The Vézère valley encompasses 147 prehistoric sites (from Palaeolithic times) and 25 decorated caves. Ethnologically and anthropologically significant, the site also holds an aesthetic interest due to its cave paintings, especially those of the Lascaux Cave, whose 1940 discovery marked a valuable place in the history of prehistoric art. The hunting scenes illustrate about a 100 animal figures with incredible detail, rich colours and possessing a lifelike quality. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Lascaux is the setting of a complex of caves in southwestern France famous for its cave paintings. The original caves are located near the village of Montignac, in the Dordogne département. They contain some of the most well-known (Upper Paleolithic) art, dating back to somewhere between 15,000 and 13,000 BCE. They consist mostly of realistic images of large animals, including aurochs, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time. They were added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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