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Chauvet Painting

13 January 2016

At http://www.anthropology.net/2016/01/11/abstract-chauvet-painting-represe… … three French researchers have published an article on the online journal PLoS One saying they think one the paintings in the famous Chaauvet cave in SE France is of an erupting volcano, daubed in red and white pigments over other paintings. The big point is this reliably dated. Prehistoric cave art is notoriously difficult to date – and the parameters are controversial. Assuming a date of 36000 years ago is relevant we might ask is it a volcano or something else – but equally dramatic.

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