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Lauber, Patricia
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, 1998
IL 3-6  RL 4.2
ISBN 0792270959
Hundreds of cave paintings done by prehistoric artists have recently been discovered in a newly discovered cave in the cliffs of southeastern France, near Avignon. The drawings of cave bear, bison, auroch and other extinct Ice Age wild life, along with tools and artifacts, have given us a glimpse into the life of people during the Stone Age and the Ice Age.  This book shows the explorers who found his cave, as well as the art and artifacts which they discovered in the cave.  Cave art which is thousands of years old can survive in closed off caves for millennia, but when opened and visited by thousands of visitors, will deteriorate rapidly, due to molds growing on the surface of the art, caused by the moisture and spores from the outside air and from the visitors' breath.  Thus, this new cave will not be open as a tourist attraction, but will remain secret and closed to all but scientists studying the ancient people who drew these pictures.  If you want to see what this undisturbed cave art looks like, a beautiful book such as this is a rare glimpse at this important new find.  Enjoy this book as you learn much about ancient people of the Ice Age, their art and living situations.  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)
SUBJECTS:      Chauvet Cave (France)
                        Cave paintings -- France
                        Rock paintings -- France
                        Art, Prehistoric -- France.


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