官方APP下载:英语学习播客(支持苹果手机、安卓手机)
创办于2003年
UNSV记不住?那就记中文谐音“忧安思危”吧!
  Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
UNSV英语学习频道 - Slow and steady wins the race!
公众微信服务号(英语全能特训)
英语全能特训(微信公众服务号)
UNSV英语学习频道淘宝网店
客服短信:18913948480
客服邮箱:web@unsv.com
初级VIP会员
全站英语学习资料下载。
¥98元/12个月

France Recreates Cave With Ancient Art

作者:Anne Ball 发布日期:5-7-2015

France Recreates Cave With Ancient Art
France Recreates Cave With Ancient Art

Some 30,000 years ago, artists living in caves in Europe painted pictures of the animals around them: panthers, hyenas, rhinoceroses, cave lions, mammoths and other creatures now long extinct. The paintings were highly realistic. Some even showed movement.

The artwork, more than a thousand drawings, is considered the oldest group of human cave drawings ever discovered. They were preserved because the cave was sealed -- closed off -- for 23,000 years.

Chauvet discovery

Fast forward to December 18, 1994. A group of French cave scientists were exploring caves in southern France. Jean Marie Chauvet led the group. He describes discovering the cave paintings.

"And I was in the front, Eliette behind me, Christian behind. Eliette said she saw two marks made with red ochre and she said, 'They came here.' And at this very moment everything began. The drawings and everything linked to the parietal art. That's where it started."

Cave art expert Jean Clottes reviewed the paintings.

"I was amazed at the number of paintings there were and of their quality and particularly in front of the panel of the horses."

Scientific analysis confirmed the prehistoric date of the artwork. Studies showed the drawings were created tens of thousands of years ago, before human history was written.

The United Nations group UNESCO lists the cave as a World Heritage site. They say the drawings "form a remarkable expression of early human artistic creation of grand excellence and variety."

The Chauvet cave is named for the explorer who first entered it. Its environment and drawings are very fragile. So the cave is closed, and only people there for scientific purposes can go inside and see the artwork.

Pont d'Arc Cavern

However, French authorities wanted the public to see the cave and artwork, too. So they asked experts to create an exact copy of the cave, called Pont d'Arc Cavern. The copy, or replica, cost $59 million to build. It opened at the end of April in France.

Pascal Terrasse is the president of the cavern. He says everyone will be able to experience the thrill of looking at drawings made by the first humans in Europe. He says the place is "magic" because it is done so well.

Authorities say they think as many as 400,000 people will visit the Pont d'Arc Cavern every year.

I'm Anne Ball.

VOA's George Putic reported this story. Anne Ball adapted it for Learning English. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor.

----------------

Words in This Story

parietal adj. relating to the wall

pigment n. a substance that gives color to something

analysis- n. a careful study about something to learn about its parts

fragile adj. easily broken or damaged

thrill v. to cause someone to feel very excited or happy

版权所有©2003-2019 南京通享科技有限公司,保留所有权利。未经书面许可,严禁转载本站内容,违者追究法律责任。 互联网经营ICP证:苏B2-20120186
网站备案:苏公网安备 32010202011039号苏ICP备05000269号-1中国工业和信息化部网站备案查询
广播台