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In the environs of the village of Eyzies-de-Tayac Sireuil, there are no less than 37 decorated caves and shelters, as well as an even greater number of habitation sites from the Upper Paleolithic, located in the open, beneath a sheltering overhang, or at the entrance to one of the area's karst cavities.

The cave contains nearly 6,000 figures, which can be grouped into three main categories: animals, human figures, and abstract signs.

The paintings contain no images of the surrounding landscape or the vegetation of the time.

Upstream from this steep-sloped relief, near Montignac and in the vicinity of Lascaux, the contours of the land soften considerably; the valley floor widens, and the banks of the river lose their steepness.

The Lascaux valley is located some distance from the major concentrations of decorated caves and inhabited sites, most of which were discovered further downstream.

The teenagers discovered that the cave walls were covered with depictions of animals.

Galleries that suggest continuity, context or simply represent a cavern were given names.

By 1955, carbon dioxide, heat, humidity, and other contaminants produced by 1,200 visitors per day had visibly damaged the paintings.


 
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