Discovery in the Cave

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Author: Dubowski, Mark
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Time Period: Prehistory
Time Frame: 17,000-15,000 BCE
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: France
Topics: Stone Age
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age: Lower Elementary
Format: Early Reader
Published: 2010

World History > Prehistory > Stone Age

This amazing true adventure story about the discovery of the Lascaux Cave will have young readers feeling that they've discovered something pretty special, too!

In 1940, four teenage boys and a dog dropped themselves into a hole in the forest floor. Using a flaming grease gun as a torch, they ventured deep underground, eventually coming to a huge cave, the walls of which were covered with life-size paintings of animals. Whole herds of horses! Deer with horns as big as tree branches! Giant bison! The boys were amazed by their discovery. They'd stumbled upon the world's finest examples of prehistoric painting!

Around the time Lascaux cave was decorated (c. 17,000 – c. 15,000 BCE), anatomically modern humans (homo sapiens) had been living in Europe since at least 40,000 BCE.

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