Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 12

On September 12, 1940, four teenage boys set out to find a dog named Robot near Montignac in southwestern France. They found the dog – and more than 2,000 dramatic paintings in the caves of Lascaux. The Late Stone Age art, painted with mineral pigments, is estimated to be more than 17,000 years old; it includes abstract figures, animals and one human figure. Equines predominate (364 images), but the most famous “room” is The Great Hall of the Bulls, where the animals appear to be in motion. The Lascaux complex was opened to the public in 1948 but closed in 1963 because of damage from human intrusion. A replica of two cave halls opened nearby in 1983. Pictured: two aurochs (bulls), extinct ancestor of domestic cattle.

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