Lascaux World Heritage Site

Caves in southwestern France famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Depiction of aurochs, horses and deer
LocationMontignac, France
Part ofPrehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley
CriteriaCultural: i, iii
Inscription1979 (3rd session)
Area34.34 ha (84 78 acres)
Coordinates45°03′13″N 1°10′12″E / 45.05361°N 1.17000°E / 45.05361; 1.17000Coordinates: 45°03′13″N 1°10′12″E / 45.05361°N 1.17000°E / 45.05361; 1.17000
Lascaux is located in Dordogne
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Lascaux is located in France
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Lascaux (French: Grotte de Lascaux, "Lascaux Cave"; English: /læsˈk/,[1] French: [lasko][2]) is a complex of caves near the village of Montignac, in the department of Dordogne in southwestern France. Over 600 parietal wall paintings cover the interior walls and ceilings of the cave. The paintings represent primarily large animals, typical local contemporary fauna that correspond with the fossil record of the Upper Paleolithic in the area. They are the combined effort of many generations and, with continued debate, the age of the paintings is now usually estimated at around 17,000 years (early Magdalenian).[3][4][5] Lascaux was inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979, as an element of the Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley.[6]

The original caves have been closed to the public since 1963, as their condition was deteriorating, but there are now a number of replicas.

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