The New York Times released a new 360-degree virtual visit to the Lascaux Cave Paintings, thus allowing the world to witness some Paleolithic history.
Discovered in 1940, the Lascaux caves are located in the Dordogne region of southwestern France. They receive their name from the hill under which they lie, unsurprisingly called Lascaux hill. Simon Coencas, the Lascaux cave discoverer, told the Agence France Presse about his adolescent discovery. He said “With my pals, we climbed down to explore a hole, we advanced bit by bit and at some point we came up upon the chamber of the bulls.” So in other news it sounds like Simon had a childhood very similar to The Goonies.
The paintings witnessed in the caves are up to 20,000 years old, according to the Bradshaw Foundation. Unfortunately, time hasn’t been great to the cave paintings, and the video is a tour of their full scale replica. The actual site was closed off to the public in 1963 because visitor’s CO2 emissions were damaging the drawings.
The replica took 4 years to complete, and is captured in its meticulous beauty below. Quite literally this is the next best way to view a piece of very early human history.