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Restorers Reveal 28,000-Year-Old Artworks

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Science  19 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5409, pp. 1835
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5409.1835

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ARCY-SUR-CURE, FRANCE-- The extensive gallery of a 28,000-year-old cave art here in the Grande Grotte, one of the three oldest cave art collections yet identified anywhere, remained hidden until 1990. Now art restorers are chipping away the calcite that kept it out of sight, marking the first time archaeologists have attempted to restore cave paintings. The newly discovered paintings may provide important clues about how artistic styles and religious myths spread throughout Europe.