Grotte de Font-de-Gaume
1-4 Avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
| +33 5 53 06 86 00
Photo by Public Domain
Following the traces of the Cro Magnon menHave you ever heard about Lascaux? If the answer is yes, well, forget about them. The original cave is not accessible and the only thing you can visit is a reconstruction (Lascaux II). It may be interesting but we preferred to go for some real ones: Font de Gaume and Les Combarelles, both in Dordogne and very close to Sarlat-le-Caneda and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac. Both these caves are beautifully decorated with drawings that date back up to 17.000 (Font de Gaume) and 13.000 (Combarelles) years ago, when the area was inhabited by the Cro-Magnon people. The caves had been well known by the locals for a few centuries (people that have often degraded the drawings by leaving on them their inscriptions and graffiti) but, surprisingly, the acknowledgement of cave paintings as art and the consequential recognition of these places as national monument is something that happened just at the beginning of last century.
The atmosphere of these caves is really special. The drawings, mainly animal figures (horses, bisons, mammoths, bears etc) and geometric forms, are of great quality especially considering their age. They were done using mainly iron oxide for the red colour & manganese for black.
It is really a shame that we can not share with you the images (not surprisingly, taking pictures is not allowed).