Unformatted text preview: Four teenagers rediscovered the Cave of Lascaux on Thursday, September 12, 1940. I t is located between Moustier and Bugue on the left bank of the r iver Vézère. The cave contained some of the most advanced and beautiful Paleolithic cave art ever discovered. There are seven main rooms: T he Great Hall of the Bulls, The Painted Gallery, The Lateral Passage, The M ain Gallery, The Chamber of Engravings, The Chamber of Felines, and the Shaft of Dead Man. The main themes of the artwork included animals. Horses, bulls, stags, bulls, and deer were popular subjects of the cave walls. A round the t ime after World War I I the cave was made more accessible to v isitors and about 1,200 people toured the cave each day. In 1955, the fi rst s igns of deterioration were noticed in the paintings. When they looked into t his issue further they realized i t had been caused by excess exposure to carbon dioxide from the breath of the visitors touring the cave. In order to p reserve the cave and prevent any further deterioration to the paintings the cave was closed. I do not agree with the French governments decision to close t he cave, from only the information I know. I believe they could have found other ways to prevent the deterioration of the paintings without completely closing the cave. The other option would be to limi t the number of people that went through the cave. They could only allow visitors for educational p urposes. As long as the cave is safe for it’s visitors to tour the cave should be kept open. I t is a much more realistic experience to view something like this f i rst hand rather than just through pictures. ...
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This document was uploaded on 03/10/2011.
- Spring '11