Date: 2017-11-15 15:58
Chauvet Cave is on the Ardè che River, at the upper end of the Ardè che Gorge. The Ardè che leaves the gorge and meanders across farm land then into the Rhô ne River, which flows from north to south.
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Fighting Rhinos at Chauvet Cave. Some prehistoric art experts believe that the art is too sophisticated to be ~85 555 years old. However, charcoal taken from the two fighting rhinos pigments produced radiocarbon dates of around 86 555 - 87 555 BP.
Photo: Raphael Gaillarde/Gamma-Rapho/Getty
"Everybody agrees there are problems," says Marvin Rowe, who heads a radiocarbon-dating lab at Texas A& M University in College Station. Contamination from groundwater or rock scrapings may further confuse the results.
This is an exquisitely realised horse, at the centre of the Big Panel of the End Chamber, at the back of a niche.
The smudging, whether by accident or design, of the head and mane towards the front of the horse lends an ethereal quality to the image.
Note also that in this portrait, the artist has consciously decided to give the horse a dark head. Obviously there were differences even at that time in the markings of individual horses.
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People are generally wary of stylistic dating, explains Paul Pettitt, an archaeologist at the University of Oxford. So once the more "scientific" radiocarbon results were available, most researchers dismissed the more recent date suggested by the paintings themselves.
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Instead the carbon data was used to support the revolutionary theory that sophisticated art developed extremely rapidly once modern humans arrived in Europe, and archaeologists who thought culture evolved over millennia were sidelined.
There’s always a chance the mystery buyer this time will put the bag in public collections. Or, just maybe, we’re being too cynical, and the mystery buyer is a museum. It’d be a shame to lose these incredible artifacts, especially on the lunaversary.
The Megaloceros is shown here with quite thin legs, a black band at the neck, and with a horse painted over or under it. The beginnings of the next season's antlers appear to have been shown just appearing in this image.
There appear to be cave bear scratches on the wall to the right of this image.