Cavern

Near the Pon’t d’Arc is a famouse cavern called the Pont d’Arc cavern. Ardeche is full of caves in fact and we could have seen several large ones but just did this one. What we saw was a replica as they don’t want to damage the many wall drawings that are 36,000 years old when too many peole enter as happened at Lascaux, so four years of work and something like 36 million euros later and it feels like you are in the real thing. The cavern was once full of bears at one time and still has skeleton heads and other bones there. I’m not sure if they had departed once man arrived. No photos were allowed but it was so dark that they probably wouldn’t have turned out anyway. The cavern was just discovered in 1994 by three French explorers. They felt some cool air blowing out of a crevace and tunneled in to find it. Would’t it be incredible to be the first people to see it?

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We saw this structure in the distance several times and wondered what it was. This section covers the entrance to the cavern replica. The grounds were really beautiful and well done.

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There was a museum too showing how the area changed over millions of years including the prehistoric animals living then. The entrance to the cavern was blocked by a landslide for millioms of years which preserved the interior.

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One of the drawings.

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A row of horse heads. Wish I could show you a whole wall of drawings. It was just incredible. The interior of the replicated cave felt like the real thing. It was so well done.

2 thoughts to “Cavern”

  1. I got to go spelunking in the Black Mountains in Aude and it was fascinating. Caves all over the place. There are some cave paintings in the Pyrenees as well. I love this sort of thing–we’ll have to visit!

  2. I love this sort of thing. We went to Font de Gaume in the Dordogne years ago. It was the original cave and only 100 people a day could enter. Seeing the actual drawings done by the Cro-Magnons was absolutely thrilling. Don’t know if anyone is allowed in anymore; at the time we went, it was the last original cave still open to the public.

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