Lascaux Revisited

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Lascaux Revisited

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We owe the discovery of Lascaux to pure luck and a child's game. Lascaux is one of the greatest marvels revealed to man, so fascinating that thousands crowded in to see it and in doing so nearly destroyed the murals and carvings which had been preserved for 17,000 years. Algae and bacteria invaded the rock walls. A film of calcite began to spread. It became necessary to seal off the cave to the general public. This film enables the viewer to see something of Lascaux, and Alan Aber, our guide, shows us around the most rare and inaccessible images. It is an extraordinary visit and covers almost the entire collection of paintings and carvings, which are the only available images of the most famous of prehistoric caves. Produced with the cooperation of Centre National de la Cinématographie, Régie Départementale du Tourisme de Dordogne.