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    DescriptionOn 12 September 1940, four teenagers accidentally stumbled across a hole in the hillside overlooking the village of Montignac, France. This opening the entrance to the Lascaux Cave and its network of chambers brought to light stunning 17,000- year-old paintings that vividly depicted a whole host of animals and figures. The discovery was to become one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. By the 1950s, however, the sheer number of visitors to the cave was causing the paintings to deteriorate, forcing the Ministry of Cultural Affairs finally to close it to the public in 1963. A key figure at Frances National Centre for Prehistory, Norbert Aujoulat has been fascinated by the Lascaux Cave ever since his first visit back in 1970 and has spent several years researching its ancient art. In successive chapters, he takes us on a thorough exploration of the historic site, detailing the geological and archaeological background of the area and guiding us through the individual chambers and paintings from their very beginnings right up to the present day. By capturing the beauty and essence of these world-renowned masterpieces, this richly illustrated and extensive study enables each and every one of us to experience the magical atmosphere of Lascaux for ourselves.

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    The Splendour of Lascaux
    Rediscovering the Greatest Treasure of Prehistoric Art
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Norbert Aujoulat
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 279 mm
    Height: 345 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 2,722 g
    ISBN 13: 9780500051351
    ISBN 10: 0500051356

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: AFC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15840
    BISAC V2.8: ART015050
    BIC subject category V2: ACC
    DC22: 709.011309447
    Thema V1.0: AGA, AFC
    Illustrations note
    215 illustrations, (87 colour ) 41 diagrams
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Imprint name
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Publication date
    30 May 2005
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    Author Information
    Norbert Aujoulat is the Head of France's National Centre for Prehistory, and the world's expert on the caves at Lascaux.