Nearly 2,000 painted and engraved figures—as well as hundreds of Paleolithic objects—were catalogued throughout the complex cave system.
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Historians, filmakers, and photographers all wanted to document the caves.
News of the discovery spread quickly.
The uprooted tree created a small opening through which the boys discovered Lascaux.
This natural closure explains the exceptional state of preservation of the Lascaux paintings.
8,000 years ago a rockslide blocked the entrance.
Soon the entrance crumbled leaving a large passageway for the painters to enter.
20,000 years ago the entrance of the cave began as an overhang.
The youngest boy, Jacques Marsal, later remarked, “We saw a cavalcade of animals larger than life painted on the walls and ceiling of the cave. Each animal seemed to be moving.”
They quickly found out that they were not the first humans to discover the cave.