Therefore, a direct dating of the paintings is not possible.
Despite this, Lascaux was one of the first sites, where radiocarbon dating was used.
As the first British reporter allowed access to the almost completed site, I’m hailing this as a triumph: without any doubt, this is the French cultural event of 2016.
The Lascaux Caves in the Dordogne region of southwest France contain some of the oldest and finest prehistoric art in the world.
The Lascaux cave, in the Dordogne, has been known as “the Sistine chapel of prehistory” since its discovery in 1940.
It contains the world’s richest collection of palaeolithic wall art, works that reach out across the millennia with astonishing immediacy.
Other archaeologists have argued that artists could have entered Chauvet much later and picked up charcoal that had been lying around for thousands of years.
Montignac is about 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Périgueux, and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Sarlat-la-Canéda Unfortunately, none of the colors used in Lascaux is based on coal.
The paintings are primarily of large animals, typical local and contemporary fauna that correspond with the fossil record of the Upper Paleolithic time.
The drawings are the combined effort of many generations, and with continued debate, the paintings are estimated around 17,000 years BP.
On September 12, 1940, the entrance to the Lascaux Cave was discovered by 18 year old Marcel Ravidat.
Ravidat (died in 1995) returned to the scene with three friends, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel, and Simon Coencas, and entered the cave via a long shaft.