The Cave of Pont d'Arc in Ardèche
First Came Our Ancestors…
The representations of animals on the walls only came later. Incredible drawings of mammoths, bison, bears, and lions mixed with human handprints. Welcome to the Cave of Pont d’Arc, a replica of the Chauvet Cave that has open to the public in Spring 2015.
The decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as the "Chauvet Cave", was discovered in 1994 and is recognized as one of the greatest testaments to early human origins. To celebrate such a unique site, this cultural, scientific, and technological project was implemented at the Vallon-Pont-d’Arc site. Creating an identical replica of the greatest early-human masterpiece became an immense project, reserved for only the most highly-skilled replication artists. Sculptors and painters, under the supervision of scientists, recreated each geological and artistic characteristic of the decorated Cave of Pont-d’Arc. Results: a 30,000 square-foot space and more than 80,000 square feet of decorated walls and ceilings, created with the help of 3D technology.