PAINTERS OF THE CAVES
Washington, D.C. : National
Geographic Society, 1998
IL 3-6 RL 4.2
of cave paintings done by prehistoric artists have recently been discovered
in a newly discovered cave in the cliffs of southeastern France, near Avignon.
The drawings of cave bear, bison, auroch and other extinct Ice Age wild
life, along with tools and artifacts, have given us a glimpse into the
life of people during the Stone Age and the Ice Age. This book shows
the explorers who found his cave, as well as the art and artifacts which
they discovered in the cave. Cave art which is thousands of years
old can survive in closed off caves for millennia, but when opened and
visited by thousands of visitors, will deteriorate rapidly, due to molds
growing on the surface of the art, caused by the moisture and spores from
the outside air and from the visitors' breath. Thus, this new cave
will not be open as a tourist attraction, but will remain secret and closed
to all but scientists studying the ancient people who drew these pictures.
If you want to see what this undisturbed cave art looks like, a beautiful
book such as this is a rare glimpse at this important new find. Enjoy
this book as you learn much about ancient people of the Ice Age, their
art and living situations. (Jeannie Bellavance email@example.com.
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