The famous Lascaux cave paintings

Hidden in the subterranean depths of France lies some of the oldest paintings ever made by a human being. These are the Lascaux cave paintings that were discovered near the village of Montignac in 1940. They were discovered quite by accident when four adventurous boys wandered into the caves playing a game. Inside the cave there are over one thousand five hundred paintings of animals. It is believed that they are some fifteen to seventeen thousand years old.

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Whilst you may not want this style of painting in your home it is easy to appreciate the skill that these early artists attempted. For a much more modern job you are better off getting the Painters Cheltenham based firm of in to do the job properly for you.

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What was the reason for so many paintings of animals? We can never be sure as to the reason but several ideas have been advanced by archaeologists and anthropologists. The first is that the painters were Shaman and they were seeking to “control” the animals or increase their number so they could be hunted easier. Others believe that they simply wanted to record their lives for future generations to remember them.

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