Lascaux

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Lascaux Complex of caves in the French Pyrenees, discovered in 1940. They contain examples of 13 different styles of Palaeolithic wall paintings, depicting horses, ibex, stags and a reindeer. The caves, some of which may have been used for ritual ceremonies, were closed in 1963 in order to halt the deterioration of the paintings.

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Lascaux the site of a cave in the Dordogne, France, which is richly decorated with Palaeolithic wall paintings of animals dated to the Magdalenian period. Discovered in 1940, the cave was closed in 1963 to protect the paintings, a replica later being opened nearby.

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Lascaux: see Paleolithic art.