For preservation reasons, the public may only visit a well-executed replica called "Lascaux II". Radiocarbon dating of charcoal and other artifacts found in the cave complex has led most scholars to date the Lascaux paintings to c.15,000 BC, making them some of the oldest paintings in the world.. One of the best ways to explore the Dordogne region is by bike. Find out more about our self-guided cycling trips here: http://www.discoverfrance.com/regions/dordogne-biking-tours.php
El Castillo: Earliest Known Cave Paintings Might Have Been Made By Neanderthals
El Castillo-Earliest Known Cave Paintings Might Have Been Made By Neanderthals: Samples from the cave, anaylized and published last June, show that the oldest of the paintings date to at least 40,800 years ago, around when the first modern humans reached western Europe. Scientists think that when they analyse the latest samples, the paintings may turn out to be even older by thousands of years, too old to have been made by modern humans.