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  • 1. Prehistoric Cave PaintingsAn Exploration of the Discovery atLascaux, and Themes of PaleolithicEra Cave PaintingsBy Shivang Mehta

2. Cave Paintings: The PrehistoricNovel As you may alreadyknow, before man had awritten language, storiesand history were passeddown in other ways. Wewill explore cavepaintings today as theprehistoric way ofrecording importantevents.By Shivang Mehta 3. The Discovery at Lascaux On September 12, 1940, fourteenagers stumbled upon amajor discovery. When an oldpine tree fell down, it showed ahole in the ground under itsroots. The teenagersdiscovered the hole, wentdown inside of it, and foundthe historic cave paintings atLascaux. It was thought thatthese paintings had been doneoriginally more than 17,000years ago.By Shivang Mehta 4. The Exploration Continues Over the next days and weeks,months and years, the caveswere explored, and severalseparate themes and caveswere found. They are TheGreat Hall of the Bulls, ThePainted Gallery, The LateralPassage, The Chamber ofEngravings, The Main Gallery,The Chamber of Felines, andthe Shaft of the Dead Man.By Shivang Mehta 5. A Painting From the Hall of theBulls at LascauxBy Shivang Mehta 6. An Image From the PaintedGallery at LascauxBy Shivang Mehta 7. The Closing of the Cave In 1955, mold and plant life was noticedgrowing on the cave walls, which wasdangerous for the cave paintings. In1963, after several studies were done, itwas decided that the cave would beclosed to visitors. Once the visits to thecave had been cancelled, the causes ofthe changes were eliminated, and theoriginal climate was restored. TheLascaux cave art returned to the state itwas in on the day of its discovery. A lifesized model, Lascaux II was to beopened, so visitors could still experiencethe cave. It remains open today.By Shivang Mehta 8. Interpreting Cave PaintingsBy Shivang Mehta 9. Cave Painting Themes Most cave paintingshave these majorthemes: Animals Humanrepresentations signsBy Shivang Mehta 10. What Do You See in ThisPicture? People Animals Spears/Weapons What do you thinkthis picture mightrepresent?By Shivang Mehta 11. What Story DoYou See in ThisPainting?By Shivang Mehta 12. Other Cave Painting at LascauxBy Shivang Mehta 13. More Images From LascauxBy Shivang Mehta 14. Resources This slide show was compiled using theresource: For more information and great activities, as well as extra credit, visitthis website, and write a one page summary of what you learned, inyour own words.By Shivang Mehta