The Chauvet Cave in the Ardèche region of southern France was discovered in 1994. It contains the most perfect examples of Paleolithic paintings ever found. But they are considered so fragile they must remain hidden from view. Copies of the paintings have been recreated and they can now be seen in a full-scale replica cave above the town of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc. A gallery of simulacra of some of the most authentic paintings in the world; it’s an unsettling idea.
John Berger was one of the few people privileged to witness the original paintings.
You can read his account here – Past Present.
There was also an earlier post on Frames Of Reference – Cave Of Forgotten Dreams.