Virtually Explore Southwest France
- Virtual Exhibit
The Lascaux cave was discovered 80 years ago, on September 12, 1940. The image of the painted animals as well as the history of the discovery of the cavity are known to all. As for conservation issues, they have been in the headlines many times… On the other hand, the archaeological history of the cave is poorly understood and painful.
At the time of the discovery, several hundred archaeological remains lay at the foot of the decorated walls. A large number were collected during the first explorations, during the development works for the tourist visit (1946-1948) then during the installation of the air regeneration system (1957-1958). Only the particular area of the Well was excavated in 1949 by Henri Breuil and Séverin Blanc then in 1960-1961 by André Glory.
October 9 - 18, 2021