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The painted Caverne du Pont-d’Arc (known as Chauvet Cave), in southern Ardèche (Southern France), was discovered on the 18th of December, 1994, by Jean-Marie Chauvet, Éliette Brunel, and Christian Hillaire, during a private caving expedition.
This prehistoric cave is a UNESCO World Heritage Site candidate. It is extremely unique, because it has all three of these very rare characteristics:
This is the most extensive and well preserved piece of heritage from the Aurignacian Era. It is radiocarbon dated to 32,000 BP, or to about 36,000 years ago after re-evaluation. Its freshness is striking. The freshness of the thousand paintings in this cave in the Ardèche cover 8,500 m² over more than 400 m.This makes the paintings the largest piece of artwork known to this day.