The Cave Art Paintings of the Niaux Cave

Niaux Cave Introduction
Exploration of the Niaux Cave
The Depiction of Animals
Niaux Cave Art Paintings France Palaeolithic Pyrenees Prehistory
The famous Niaux Cave is located in the northern foothills of the Pyrenees just south of the French town of Foix. It is one of Europe's most impressive Palaeolithic rock art galleries of cave paintings.
Niaux Cave Art Paintings France Palaeolithic Pyrenees Prehistory
The cave paintings of Niaux were first recognised as Palaeolithic in 1906. French prehistorian Emile Cartailhac - a founding father of the study of rock art - visited the cave in the early 20th century.
Niaux Cave Art Paintings France Palaeolithic Pyrenees Prehistory
The Niaux cave Palaeolithic rock art depicts animals such as bison, ibex, horses and deer, as well as others. The animals are found throughout , but the main panel is located in the cavernous Salon Noir chamber.
Conservation of Niaux Cave Paintings
Purpose of Niaux Cave Paintings
France Rock Art Archive
Niaux Cave Art Paintings France Palaeolithic Pyrenees Prehistory
Rock art reveals sacred components of a prehistoric culture, but unlike the secure display cases of museums and the humidity-controlled art galleries of today, this unique resource is vulnerable.
Niaux Cave Art Paintings France Palaeolithic Pyrenees Prehistory
The rock art of Niaux - why did the Magdalenian people use the depths of the cave to paint , draw and engrave these images? And what meaning did they give to the works of art they left there?
Niaux Chauvet Lascaux Cosquer Cave Art Paintings France Palaeolithic Prehistory
With the collaboration of the French Ministry of Culture, discover and explore the prehistoric cave paintings and engravings of the decorated caves of Niaux, Chauvet, Lascaux, Cosquer and many more.
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