Pech Merle (crs)
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Pech Merle is a cave which opens onto a hillside at Cabrerets. It is one of the few prehistoric cave painting sites in France which remain open to the general public(2006). The caverns walls are painted with murals dating from the Gravettian culture (about 25,000 ago) or later (Magdalenian era about 16,000 years ago). The walls of seven of the chambers at Pech Merle have some 700 images of woolly mammoth, spotted horses, single color horses, bovids, reindeer, handprints, and some humans. Preserved footprints of children, charcoal fragments, the remains of a deer shoulder-blade, 3 silica tools, a lamp and a shaped stone have also been found. Within a six mile radius of the site are ten other caves with prehistoric art of the Upper Paleolithic period, but none of these are open to the public. During the Ice Age the caves were probably used as places of refuge from the cold temperatures. Native animal species were very different from those of the present day. The cave at Pech Merle was discovered by 2 teenagers(H. David and A Duterte) in 1922. It has been open to the public since 1926. Visiting groups are limited in number to protect the delicate artwork from the humidity, heat and carbon dioxide produced by breathing. Photography is not allowed in the cave. It is well worth the effort to visit this site.
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