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The International Centre for Cave Art

The International Centre for Cave Art

 

Between heritage and new technologies

A sensory journey to meet our ancestors more than 20,000 years ago…

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Soon Lascaux will unveil all its art, and more…

For the first time, Lascaux appears in its entirety. An unprecedented complete replica retraces the discovery of this famous decorated cave. But the adventure doesn’t stop there: 7 exhibition areas investigate the place occupied by Lascaux in world cave art and its relation to contemporary creation.

The opening of the International Centre for Cave Art in 2016 marks the beginning of a new adventure combining the emotion of the art of our ancestors and technological prowess.

The unprecedented complete replica soon opening on this site is the culmination of three years of work at the Perigord Facsimile Studios.

 

The International Centre for Cave Art under construction at the foot of the Lascaux hill in Montignac opens 15 December 2016.

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Le Thot

Le Thot

 

 

The interpretation center for prehistory

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Le Thot proposes an approach of cave art as an introduction to the visit at Lascaux II oras a complement. You will discover the five major copies of the decorated panels of the Nave gallery of Lascaux (the “great black cow”, the “swimming stags”, the “crossed bisons”, the “imprint”, the “seven ibexes”) that are not reproduced at Lascaux II.

And the only human representation of the cave with the panel of “the wounded man”. With a lightshow you will be able to rediscover the Nef in an entirely different way.

After the diorama of the magdalenian artists’ workshop you can see now extinct species of prehistoric animals, using AR (augmented reality) technology. A walk in the park will allow you to compare the animals painted at Lascaux with their live descendants (aurochs, deer, Tarpan horses, bisons...).

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Lascaux II

Lascaux II

 

 

The world’s most visited painted cave

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The copy of Lascaux is situated 200m away from the original cave, up a hill overlooking Montignac, in the heart of the Vézère valley, listed as World heritage by UNESCO thanks to its many prehistoric sites. Lascaux II is the exact copy in three dimensions of Lascaux cave, closed to the public since 1963.

At the time, the point was to hand over to the people of today, 17 000 years old messages thanks to a technological achievement and scientific approach. The two galleries reproduced are “The Bulls Hall” and the “Axial Recess” showing 90% of the paintings of the original cave. The work made in the 70’s by specialists reproduced faithfully the paintings to within about a centimeter, the relief of the original cave, of the walls and more, the rock itself.

Lascaux II opened to the public on july 18th, 1983 and welcomes around 250 000 visitors a year since then

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