French Cave Paintings of Bison and Erotica Could Be 37,000 Years Old

By Lichfield, John | The Independent (London, England), July 5, 2001 | Go to article overview
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French Cave Paintings of Bison and Erotica Could Be 37,000 Years Old


Lichfield, John, The Independent (London, England)


A GALLERY of pre-historic cave paintings has been found in south- western France, including a drawing of a 12ft long bison and erotic sketches.

The find, at Cussac, in the valley of the Dordogne, is regarded as almost as important as the celebrated Lascaux cave paintings in the same area. This latest discovery was made by Marc Delluc, an amateur archaeologist in September but the richness of his finds were not known until yesterday.

French anthropologists said the site was important because it contained "monumental" drawings of animals in friezes of up to 25 yards long. These are sketches rather than paintings - more primitive, almost certainly older than the Lascaux pictures and perhaps up to 37,000 years old.

The caves also contain erotic drawings of women, which have been found previously only in the caverns discovered in 1994 in the Ardeche region.

The caverns, which extend for a total of more than half a mile, are thought to contain up to 200 separate drawings.

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