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Official: Chauvet Cave paintings are fake

Just over 20 years ago, a 35,000 year old time capsule was discovered.

The Chauvet caves, in southern France, were found to contain some of the oldest man-made images ever produced, by our prehistoric ancestors.

Opening it up to visitors was never an option, so a full scale replica cave system has been recreated as a visitor centre, containing faithful, hand-painted in-situ copies of the original cave paintings.

I was wondering, if visiting - and viewing - fake copies, as a sole exhibition, would be as satisfying as seeing the real thing - but enough people visit Madame Tussaud's and similar places, every day; so, probably.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32403867
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Old 24.04.2015, 15:58
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Re: Official: Chauvet Cave paintings are fake

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I was wondering, if visiting - and viewing - fake copies, as a sole exhibition, would be as satisfying as seeing the real thing - but enough people visit Madame Tussaud's and similar places, every day; so, probably.
Surely the question should be "Are seeing the fake caves and paintings better than seeing nothing at all?"
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Re: Official: Chauvet Cave paintings are fake

Rumour has it that the "Kilroy woz 'ere" spray monogram is still faintly visible beneath the originals.

Perhaps that's why a shiny new version has been produced?
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