April162014

Nearly 2,000 painted and engraved figures—as well as hundreds of Paleolithic objects—were catalogued throughout the complex cave system.

April152014

Historians, filmakers, and photographers all wanted to document the caves.

April142014

News of the discovery spread quickly.

April132014

The uprooted tree created a small opening through which the boys discovered Lascaux.

April122014

This natural closure explains the exceptional state of preservation of the Lascaux paintings.

April112014

8,000 years ago a rockslide blocked the entrance.

April102014

Soon the entrance crumbled leaving a large passageway for the painters to enter.

April92014

20,000 years ago the entrance of the cave began as an overhang.

April82014

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.”

April72014

They quickly found out that they were not the first humans to discover the cave.

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