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Thursday 21 August 2014

Cave art added to heritage list

Published 23/06/2014 | 10:42

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A drawling in the Cave of Pont dArc (AP)
The cave has been added to Unesco's World Heritage list (AP)
Experts have recorded more than 1,000 drawings from the walls of the cave (AP)

Drawings of mammoths, human footprints and other art carved on cave walls in southern France about 30,000 years ago have been added to Unesco's World Heritage list.

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The UN cultural agency said the Decorated Cave of Pont d'Arc contains the best preserved figurative drawings in the world.

The agency's World Heritage Committee said in a statement that it added the cave and other sites at a meeting in Doha, Qatar, yesterday.

Experts have recorded more than 1,000 drawings from the walls of the cave, also known as the Grotte Chauvet-Pont d'Arc.

The images, among the oldest known human drawings, were unexpectedly discovered in the Ardeche region in 1994 by researcher Jean-Marie Chauvet.

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