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Homo sapiens Artwork. Cave of Les Combarelles.


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The paintings in the Cave of Les Combarelles, in France

Les Combarelles is a cave in Les Eyzies de Tayac, France, found by the same schoolmaster who four days later, in 1901, would discover the cave of Font-de-Gaume. The walls of Les Combarelles do not contain any paintings. Instead, they are covered with hundreds, maybe thousands of engravings, dating 13,000 years. Many of them show superb delicacy and artistic skill.

Most of the animals depicted in the 300-meter long cave are horses, but there are also some antelopes, reindeer, mammoths and ibex. All of them were painted in an interval of 2000 years. At present, it is possible to visit the cave, but due to the fragility of the engravings, groups are limited to a maximum of 6 people at a time.

Les Combarelles is considered by the prehistoric art expert Henri Breuil as one of the 6 most valuable sites in southern France and northern Spain.

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