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DAILY FUEL: Lascaux Cave and Paintings Discovered

On this date in 1940, the LASCAUX CAVE PAINTINGS were discovered in Montignac, France when a boy’s dog was lost in a shaft leading to the cave network.

600 wall paintings estimated to be 17,000 years old — most depicting animals and humans — were eventually found in the cavern. After being opened to the public in 1948, the cave had to be closed in 1955 due to the degradation of the paintings caused by their daily exposure to 1200 visitors (and the air and carbon dioxide that accompanied them). Replicas were made of the caves’ contents for public viewing. The cavern was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. 

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