Paleo-Sanskrit Subtitles Adorn the Murals of Lascaux Cave

Lascaux Cave, in southern France, comprises a series of linked subterranean galleries with several large, colorful murals painted by highly skilled Paleolithic artists over 18,000 years ago. The cave entrance was discovered and cleared in 1940 to reveal exquisite galleries in an extraordinary state of preservation. Decay due to moisture and bacterial overgrowth has not touched the paintings’ vibrant ochre hues. Thousands of pictorial representations of large animals, humans and geometric figures stand out on a surprisingly intact background, marred in a handful of patches where resurfacing has cracked off.

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