Posts tagged ‘cavemen’

June 7, 2010

The Discovery of Chauvet Cave

On bending down, we discovered [drawings of] a mammoth, then a bear or lion, and other rhinoceroses. To the right we could make out three lion heads… During those moments there were only shouts and exclamations; the emotion that gripped us made us incapable of uttering a single word. Alone in that vastness, lit by the feeble beam of our lamps, we were seized by a strange feeling. Everything was so beautiful, so fresh, almost too much so. Time was abolished, as if the tens of thousands of years that seperated us from the producers of these paintings no longer existed….

— Jean-Marie Chauvet