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  • Publicado em 8 Mai 2022
  • The Chauvet cave, in the south of France, is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, filled with art that's tens of millennia old. No-one's allowed in, for very good reasons: but just a few kilometres away, there's a near-exact copy. Is that enough?
    Camera: Simon Gillouin
    Editor: Dave Stevenson davestevenson.co.uk
    Producer: Axel Zeiliger block8production.com
    More about Chauvet II: grottechauvet2ardeche.com/
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Comentários • 2 845

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  4 meses atrás +7986

    I kept having to check and recheck my script while researching and recording this, because I kept thinking that surely "30,000 years" or "tens of millennia" must be wrong. It's not wrong.

    • May L
      May L 6 dias atrás

      @Claire Fox : OIC. That makes sense... The difference between broadcasting it to the masses, to private viewers only...

    • Horst Kevin
      Horst Kevin Mês atrás

      @Dave H Ohhhh, unfortunately, you scared him off with your opening. I was so curious about his explanation as he came to his conclusion... But now we will never know. 😢 @gee zee

    • GEOFF0906
      GEOFF0906 Mês atrás

      I'd be interested to see the proof as to how they determine the age.

    • Claire Fox
      Claire Fox Mês atrás +1

      @IDoStuff day of uploading, date of paid subscribers, and day of general publication can all be different. Just most of the time we don't see it.

    • Von Faustien
      Von Faustien 2 meses atrás

      @Richard Hart either way he's wrong
      Earth is billions of years old. Modren humans IE Homo Sapians are a 100 thousand years old and other human species predate that.
      The acepted start or proper permanent human settlements and civilization is 10,000bc give or take and its not impossible for there to have been older ones.
      30k for cave paintings from a nomadic tribe is only wierd in that it survived

  • Lucky Cat_4
    Lucky Cat_4 4 meses atrás +4356

    I can't wait until like 20 000 years in the future when another Tom Scott has to come here to talk about the weird identical caves and how they are making a third as not to disturb either of them.

    • Choppit53
      Choppit53 3 dias atrás

      @Marvin De Bot He said "they", not "we"

    • linkbirds
      linkbirds 5 dias atrás

      Scott Timothy

    • Heath Murphy
      Heath Murphy 8 dias atrás

      Gold

    • Xendra
      Xendra 11 dias atrás

      @ابو عمر الجبوري true but humans are destructive, third world countries can hardly handle their own waste.

    • ابو عمر الجبوري
      ابو عمر الجبوري 12 dias atrás +1

      @Xendra Behaviour, not numbers. 1 nuclear bomb, 1 oil spill, 1 factory on a river ... can wipe out a massive area. It's not the large numbers of people that is destroying the environment, it is the behaviour of a very small number.

  • Will Ehster
    Will Ehster 4 meses atrás +5990

    “they did not just merely survive, they lived”
    probably the most succinct and poignant explanation of the importance of these discoveries.

    • Peaceful Leo
      Peaceful Leo 4 dias atrás

      it gives me chills when I think about it.. like the fact that even though they were barely surviving sometimes they still made art, there are even paintings that are hand prints missing fingers, even through all this harsh stuff, they cared to say "we were here", "this is our story", this desire to persist after death..

    • M M
      M M 19 dias atrás +1

      @Degu yooo you gotta be on a list somewhere

    • james
      james Mês atrás +2

      @Degu Bruh

    • Daan Devos
      Daan Devos Mês atrás

      @Samuel Smith I'd be very, very surprised would they not have found a million games, stories or songs to spend their time with.

    • Matt SK
      Matt SK Mês atrás +2

      And here I am, a modern office worker in the 21st century, working to survive and spending the rest of my time too tired to do anything. I don't have any spare time to produce cave paintings. I won't have any legacy and archeologists will look at the lack of cave paintings in my area and say "how sad, the humans of the 2022 AD merely survived." Thanks Capitalism?

  • Andy
    Andy 4 meses atrás +5676

    When the employee said "They didn't merely survive, they lived." - That was something I never considered for our ancestors because we learn that they were hunting, learning to make fire, weapons, etc., all for the ultimate goal of survival and we never take time to think about what they might have done when they weren't surviving. Really opened my mind to thinking about a (albeit primitive) civilization and less about pack hunters.
    Great video!

    • Askinredroads
      Askinredroads 6 dias atrás

      And interestingly enough, a lot of people nowadays feel as if they’re purely surviving.

    • Tammy Leung
      Tammy Leung Mês atrás

      Hunter-gathers had heavier brains and more leisure time than us.

    • Jack Smith
      Jack Smith Mês atrás

      I thought similar till you think they necklaces earings different style clothes things that aren't needed for survival, so is weird to watch movies with cavemen in rags and messy furs. They could cut them to size and shape just like us. Video games with things walls bridges and every piece of wood is a different length, why ? There's no reason they can't trim the pole to the same length

    • Mithrandir the Grey
      Mithrandir the Grey Mês atrás

      I've done some survival training camps for fun - and I am not surprised to hear this. There is something extremely primal about sitting around a fire telling stories or drawing things with a stick in the sand surrounded by your 'tribe'. Even back then I realized that this is how life must have been for humans for tens of thousands of years. It's not a bad life. You don't have modern medicine and hunting/gathering is exhausting but the other side of it is that you feel an incredible connection to the land and animals around you. You truly feel like a part of nature, not as an observer of nature. The difference between human and other apex predators like bears and lions starts to blur.

    • Real Talk
      Real Talk 3 meses atrás +2

      It really depends on the tribe and area. Just like people today, humans back then had different experiences. Some people had it easy, others tough. It's also possible the people who lived here were preying on others. Think of the Aztecs, they made giant monuments and architecture but they were an empire that victimized their neighbors, most of whom had far less technology and wealth.

  • KoyasuNoBara
    KoyasuNoBara 4 meses atrás +2431

    I was actually a bit shocked to hear about how Lascaux was destroyed. When I heard you say it was opened for tourists, I was expecting that it eventually got ruined because some people are jerks; people putting graffiti over it for instance, or leaving tons of litter.
    But no, the actual cause of destruction was just having people in there frequently. That's sad, but also interesting.

    • Onecrispyfrie
      Onecrispyfrie Dia atrás

      We used to visit france every year when I was young and we would go see the recreated lascaux and there were inphographics detailing how it was slosly destroyed by tourism because of oxygenation and stuff

    • Michael Erler
      Michael Erler 2 meses atrás +1

      It's why it's important to disturb nature and historical sights as little as possible. As they say "LNT. Leave no Trace"

    • Praise The Sun
      Praise The Sun 2 meses atrás +1

      Our literal breath is capable of destruction

    • Matthew
      Matthew 3 meses atrás +1

      There are drawings on a wall in Maui that fell to the gate you're describing. Ancient drawings with phallic parts drawn by modern hooligans over them

    • tomtalk24
      tomtalk24 3 meses atrás

      Graffiti and litter in a cave network?
      Not sure what museums you visit but never seen one like that!

  • SirTobiGoodboy
    SirTobiGoodboy 4 meses atrás +613

    how does Tom always find people with the most soothing voices to interview?

    • Shaun Reich
      Shaun Reich 5 dias atrás +1

      Omg yes idk what it is but he's got a pleasant, eloquent manner of speaking and goes into the right technical details, love it

    • zeronyne
      zeronyne 3 meses atrás +20

      I thought that guy was a deepfake of Jean Claude Van Damme.

  • Shiny Agumon
    Shiny Agumon 4 meses atrás +536

    I'm impressed by the artistic skill of these, when pop culture shows us cave paintings it's always either very crude or at least highly stylized.
    But this? It's actually very realistic and you can see that the artist(s) spend lots of time observing the real animals.

    • 5tr4nGe
      5tr4nGe Dia atrás +2

      Another thing that you might have noticed is that in a lot of the paintings, the proportions seem a bit off.
      That's not because the people painting it were idiots, far from it, they were painted so that when you look at it from the right angle, the curves and texture in the rock, make it actually accurate.
      They understood perspective, something later artists didn't get right until DaVinci came along. And then that was lost again, and rediscovered.

    • Desi
      Desi 12 dias atrás +2

      Think they didn't have pencils nor brushes nor any light in the cave other than a flame. And they still did this....

    • OneManWolfPack
      OneManWolfPack 3 meses atrás +8

      ​@nankink I'd argue that rather than less intelligent, I believe we have become more complacent. Intelligence is nice and all, but if you don't use it to solve your problems then you might as well not have it.
      Our ancestors had no ability to be complacent, for any complacency led to starvation, illness, and death.
      And you can see in history that civilizations like the romans ended up with the same issues we have today, the same stupid and arrogant behavior from men and women, the same comfortable neglect of our institutions, the same overreach from governments, and the same widespread selfishness.
      So, I believe this isn't a lack of intelligence, but instead an abundance of comfort and distraction from what we don't want to see that is the issue.

    • nankink
      nankink 3 meses atrás +3

      @OneManWolfPack But it was all aliens! Have you heard about the pyramids???
      In all seriousness tho, I strongly believe that our ancient ancestors were so much more intelligent than the plain meat ball that we are today. As KaguroDraven said, knowledge is different from intelligence and oh boy, the human being is getting less and less intelligent although it is accumulating more knowledge (still debatable tho)
      I dont have much faith in the humanity as you can see lmao

    • KaguroDraven💫💥
      KaguroDraven💫💥 3 meses atrás +31

      @Oscar Rodriguez It's not just overlooked because of the evolution.
      It's also overlooked because many people confuse Knowledge with Intelligence. They think because people lacked the accumulated knowledge we've gathered over 10,000+ years that they were idiots, who couldn't even grasp basic counting or pattern recognition.

  • Pakadork
    Pakadork 4 meses atrás +878

    When I was a kid, it was hard to imagine my parents weren't always old. The older I got, the more I understood that my father was once a child as was his grandfather and so on. The idea that there used to be someone my age living in that cave 30,000+ years ago truly blows my mind.

    • VVayVVard
      VVayVVard Mês atrás +6

      ​@One ring to rule the magicarp Yes and no. It was much more difficult to get proper nutrition in older times, and no one knew e.g. that smoke could accelerate aging of the lungs, or that radiation could accelerate aging of all tissues, so no one knew to avoid exposure to either. At the same time, caloric restriction is one of the most effective ways to postpone several aging-associated degenerative processes, and people of the past were far less likely to intake unnecessary calories than modern people are.

    • One ring to rule the magicarp
      One ring to rule the magicarp 2 meses atrás +8

      @Bruh on average? absolutely, however a lucky few grew quite old, in fact if you hit 15 you were likely to hit 60 or even as old as 80. I doubt modern medicine unlocked the ability to reach 100, merely made it a lot less dependent on chance

    • stijnvdv2
      stijnvdv2 2 meses atrás

      @Bruh don't be so sure of that. Cities from the bronze age minoans showed a lifestyle very similar to us, both in sanitary as in livingstandards... just w/o all the electronical gadgetry we have today.

    • James Foard
      James Foard 3 meses atrás +11

      @Bruh actually, as far as I can tell, there's actually good evidence that pre-agricultural life expectancy was much higher than after the agricultural revolution. I don't think that necessarily people living in the paleolithic were any worse off than us in that respect.

    • Bruh
      Bruh 4 meses atrás +32

      you eventually reach an age in the modern day that no one from back then could have due to sanitation or lifestyle or diet, and that will (hopefully) also be true for our descendants in 30,000+ years time

  • Setsuna
    Setsuna 4 meses atrás +528

    I cant imagine how many more caves like this that's undiscovered around the world. What a magical experience.

    • Rio Line
      Rio Line Mês atrás

      @Sias Humanity is defined by greed, it takes multiple people to preserve something however it only takes one to destroy it

    • drix
      drix 3 meses atrás

      @- noname I think he's going with a comparison similar as uncommon animals. Like pandas for instance, there are still a ton of them in the wilderness probably undiscovered before being put in a zoo or such but we know how many of them there are approximately trough our ways.

    • - noname
      - noname 4 meses atrás

      @Mike Nolan howd you get that number if they're undiscovered

    • EngineeringVision
      EngineeringVision 4 meses atrás

      @TheSteelRodent I'm being general. Most of this stuff is found as a byproduct of a search for something of value. Similar with historic sites in the UK, it's usually a byproduct of something else e.g HS2, Crossrail. People like the romantic idea of some nomadic scientist with a long beard happening upon an ancient cave. More likely it's some people looking for copper deposits or whatever.

    • TheSteelRodent
      TheSteelRodent 4 meses atrás +5

      @EngineeringVision you don't look for oil in mountains...

  • The Iron Armenian aka G.I. Haigs
    The Iron Armenian aka G.I. Haigs 4 meses atrás +13371

    For the sake of preservation this seems like a great compromise. It's location to the orginal site I think gives the replica increased credibility.

    • Spin Lock
      Spin Lock 4 meses atrás

      Credbility so they can pump you at the gift shop at the end, I'd rather just look at photo's of the real thing.

    • Broken Arrows
      Broken Arrows 4 meses atrás

      What are you doing here I?

    • A Nobody
      A Nobody 4 meses atrás

      Nice to see my favourite Armenian here

    • FrozenTurtl
      FrozenTurtl 4 meses atrás

      Hi war thunder Red Baron guy

    • cupid ok
      cupid ok 4 meses atrás

      The lines they draw are very neat and clean... what kind of technology

  • D Knighton
    D Knighton 4 meses atrás +65

    Having visited the one at Lascaux I can confirm that it was amazing regardless of not being the real deal, it's almost like an immersive art gallery with the lighting and not having to watch your step, etc so in a way I feel like it allows you to appreciate or get lost in the art itself far more... mind blowing to see really!

  • Namuh Tsuj
    Namuh Tsuj 4 meses atrás +74

    I’m from and still live in the US South. We have one of the highest cave densities in the world. 99% of those caves do not allow anyone but certified speleologists inside. The specific location of these caves is not public information. All for preservation purposes. Some are rather drab, others are historic or geologically unique. All of them can be harmed by heavy human traffic.

  • Nightthought
    Nightthought 4 meses atrás +95

    Literally teared up at the sight of those paintings. To see such masterful renderings of animals that no longer exist that are literally thousands of years old is... awe inspiring. It's all been done before, and that's a humbling and amazing fact.

    • Toni Kansanoja
      Toni Kansanoja 4 meses atrás +8

      It really is amazing. I read that there are also "remains of ancient hearths", smoke stains from torches and a child's footprint along with possibly a dog's paw-print.

  • Douglas Griffin
    Douglas Griffin 4 meses atrás +73

    If actually being in a cave with prehistoric paintings is important to you, there are a few that you can still visit. They’re mostly caves with a larger interior area (this lessens the environmental impact), and you have to visit on guided tours. I’ve been to the Grottes de Niaux in the French Pyrenees, and you can actually see the real paintings in person there. I think the guide only uses flashlights to illuminate the paintings as well, so there’s no infrastructure or permanent light. They said that that cave’s atmosphere, even though it’s been tightly monitored, hasn’t been affected.

    • Cityz3n
      Cityz3n 3 meses atrás

      It's an awesome visit, highly recommend !

    • V P
      V P 4 meses atrás +10

      The lack of light for photographs keeps the hordes of instagrammers away. And hopefully locked gates.

    • bill bill
      bill bill 4 meses atrás +4

      this one is a lot older than all others. Lascaux is 20000, chauvet is 36000

    • Hell investiert
      Hell investiert 4 meses atrás

      ⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️

  • ivarwind
    ivarwind 4 meses atrás +91

    I saw Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams in 3D some years back, and it's one of the very few occasions where I've been happy it was in 3D, because you got a real feeling for the very far from flat surfaces the paintings were made on, something you never get from reproductions in books and the like. And I was always perfectly fine with the Chauvet cave being off limits to most everyone, because it's amazing, and I hope it will remain so! So a copy seems like the perfect solution to a problem I didn't have.
    Though I'm not sure how I feel about cutting out the boring passages... Sometimes empty space is important in art.

    • Colin
      Colin 4 meses atrás +3

      Yes, I suspect the difficulty of getting to the place where the paintings are was an intentional part of the experience when they were made.

    • AaronOfMpls
      AaronOfMpls 4 meses atrás +11

      On top of that, I can imagine how the firelight from a torch or a lamp could kinda animate some of the art. That must've been amazing to people who lived thousands of years before flipbooks, let alone animated screens!
      (EDIT: I accidentally a word)

  • Sergio Fernández Álvarez
    Sergio Fernández Álvarez 4 meses atrás +39

    In the north of Spain there's the "Parque de la Prehistoria", where a "Cave of caves" was built, recreating to the millimeter three rooms from three different caves around the world. The feeling while visiting it is truly mesmerising, and I don't think it falls short from the real experience

  • Ben G
    Ben G 4 meses atrás +28

    Of every single place you have visited Tom, this one immediately jumped to the top of the list of places I also want to go. To know there is real conservation going on in the original cave and a painstaking recreation near it for actual visiting and education - incredibly cool. To think of the artists tasked with recreating those paintings and drawings, the concrete crew recreating the cave - what a fun job.

  • The Boginoid
    The Boginoid 4 meses atrás +82

    "They didn't merely survive, they lived." - That one hit me hard. Quitting my job right now because I couldn't make a single sketch for months now, just bidding my last days there and after that I'll get a bit of rest and get back to drawing.

  • Robert Stegmann
    Robert Stegmann 4 meses atrás +5470

    We should do this for every cave. Double the amount of caves in the world.

    • Bender716
      Bender716 4 meses atrás

      I want a cave

    • Out of Context
      Out of Context 4 meses atrás

      We should do this, double the resources!

    • Mike Nolan
      Mike Nolan 4 meses atrás

      What if it's already been done?

    • Chomp Chomp Katze
      Chomp Chomp Katze 4 meses atrás

      Don't worry, consider it done. China: you know what's next? You got Eiffel Tower, etc ...

    • B
      B 4 meses atrás

      I get why you would do this

  • Saka Mulia
    Saka Mulia 4 meses atrás +50

    I'm so glad they also recreated the 10s of thousands years old lighting, although it would have been nice if visitors were given a flickering LED torch. Seeing the cave and painting from faux firelight may just make it more real.

    • Saka Mulia
      Saka Mulia 4 meses atrás +2

      @Tim van der Horst That's exactly what I was thinking of! Imagine seeing the pictures from flickering, strobing fire.

    • Tim van der Horst
      Tim van der Horst 4 meses atrás +12

      I remember a documentary about this, and from the look of some of the paintings the researchers said it seemed like the original artist took advantage of the existing rock shapes to make basic "animated" drawings, based on how moving fire light would flicker the light over the uneven textures of the surface. Fascinating stuff.

    • I'm not a Mechanic
      I'm not a Mechanic 4 meses atrás +4

      nah, go proper authentic and just hand everyone a flaming torch at the entrance, oh, and no barriers! I know it couldn't really be done on scale, but would be amazing as small group special events!

    • himssendol
      himssendol 4 meses atrás +9

      I like that idea. 👍🏻
      But i guess safety might be an issue if the cave was dark.

  • Marshall Garlington
    Marshall Garlington 4 meses atrás +19

    What a monumental effort that was put into this recreation! It really shows the passion and desire of the curators to give visitors the most realistic experience. Great video as always.

    • Prince Hasn
      Prince Hasn 17 dias atrás

      Could also be an easy way to make up a story for profit.

    • Hell investiert
      Hell investiert 4 meses atrás

      👆👆👆📈

  • Niya Kouya
    Niya Kouya 4 meses atrás +14

    Just by the title I was kind of expecting a video about Lascaux, wasn't aware there was a second cave with ancient art. But great to see that they learned from their mistakes and didn't open Chauvet to the public. And a near-identical copy slightly adjusted to make it less of a walk (and more accessible) is IMHO the best way to show people what our ancestors did without endangering the actual legacy they left.

    • AXE-ACTLY
      AXE-ACTLY 4 meses atrás +3

      Chauvet is also twice as old as Lascaux so opening it to the public would have been an even greater disaster.

  • Vio Greer
    Vio Greer 29 dias atrás +3

    I went on a cave tour only once, a real cave, where at the start of our tour we were all told not to touch any part of the cave, to stay on the path. Almost immediately I saw one, two, then three people in front of me in the tour touch the cave walls.
    I feel every well known tourist attraction cave should have a replica like this, when possible.

  • alextheasparagus
    alextheasparagus 4 meses atrás +8

    I’m a conservator and I learned about both this and Lascaux when I did my bachelors, and I think it’s an amazing idea. It’s a great way of protecting the past while simultaneously making sure people can experience it. Would love to go there some day!

  • kleerude
    kleerude 19 dias atrás +1

    The art inside caves is just the art that survived-I love thinking about the art they must’ve done outside of caves that’s since been lost.

  • KeppyKep
    KeppyKep 4 meses atrás +10

    "They do not just merely survive; they live."
    What a great quote to end on

  • dark_neverland
    dark_neverland 4 meses atrás +3

    As someone who would love to see this cave, I'm ecstatic there's a replica!

  • licensetodrive
    licensetodrive 4 meses atrás +2736

    Given how there's always one or two tourists that don't much care about the environment they're in as much as most sane people do, recreating the cave like that is perfect to preserve the original whilst letting everyone experience the secret space that was discovered.

    • Kate
      Kate 4 meses atrás

      True. One time when i was a kid, we went into this cave and we were told not to touch the walls and crystals because it kills the crystals. My grandparents told me that a random guy was touching everything. Sad.

    • Mark Pfeffer
      Mark Pfeffer 4 meses atrás +1

      @licensetodrive Hey Haku! Cool website! I had the LCD game as a kid and never would have remembered it if not for your site!
      ALSO: your site doesn't have an SSL certificate (or its expired) -- look into getting that renewed or one set up. In addition to making the site safer for everyone ,it'll make search engines more likely to recommend your site on searches as well!

    • Peabrain
      Peabrain 4 meses atrás

      tourists think the world is theirs

    • Jay Jay
      Jay Jay 4 meses atrás

      Well done captain obvious you managed to write the clear obvious and make it look clever

    • Tams80
      Tams80 4 meses atrás +3

      Yes, but as mentioned in the video, just the mere presence of a lot of people in a cave changes the environment. If enough enough people go, then no matter how well meaning they are, they will damage the cave paintings.

  • Roy Fearn
    Roy Fearn 4 meses atrás +3

    This must be a fabulous experience. We visited Lascaux 2 some years ago and that was great but of course the copied artwork there was painstakingly recreated from originals which were already defaced through exposure human exhalation. The French always seem to make such a professional job of these recreations.

  • jogandsp
    jogandsp 4 meses atrás +1

    Tom, I can't thank you enough for making the videos you do. They do such a fantastic job of opening my eyes to all that exists out in the world and they inspire me to think in new ways. Thank you!

  • michipeka
    michipeka 4 meses atrás +1

    I visited Lascaux 2 (the Lascaux cave replica) when I was just a kid. I remember clearly that I was shocked that just having an archelological site opened to the public (expostion to air, moisture, breathing, temperature changes...) could have such a devastating impact on it. Except for the ground which was completly flat, clean and shiny to make walking less tiring :) I thought the replica was really great. Chauvet looks really cool too, it's interesting to note that the art styles of both caves are actually very distinct.

  • Jan Doggen
    Jan Doggen 4 meses atrás +2

    I've been there and can highly recommend it. They have done it very clever, and it does not at all feel like a cheap tourist replica. They can very smartly handle large numbers of visitors, but make sure that you have a reservation.

  • ObviouslyBenHughes
    ObviouslyBenHughes 4 meses atrás +5291

    “…they did not just merely survive. They lived.”
    Okay THAT was the most poignant thing I’ve heard in quite a while. What a change of perspective that single concept can provide all of us about the habits and experiences of our ancestors from so very long ago.

    • the air accumulator
      the air accumulator 4 meses atrás

      @Thanh Nguyen at most 300 years ago, 90% of people spend 2/3 of their life barely hanging on and they did not complain. Stop being whiny.

    • Elliott Platt
      Elliott Platt 4 meses atrás +2

      Capitalism has made everything so needlessly complicated , it's borderline unliveable.

    • Elliott Platt
      Elliott Platt 4 meses atrás +2

      @ObviouslyBenHughes Spending multiple hours a day in a huge green forest with my friends/family doing work that follows my basic instincts and contributes directly to our survival? oh noooo!!!

    • Maanav D
      Maanav D 4 meses atrás +1

      I like to think that our forefathers were kind of like ancient scientists. Analyzing what they had seen and preserving it for future generations

    • Aidan Brown
      Aidan Brown 4 meses atrás

      I loved that bit

  • Abremelin
    Abremelin 4 meses atrás +1

    I wish replications like this were shared world wide, I'd love to see copies of this appear overseas so more people could have this experience. I am also glad the original will be protected by these measures.

  • ShaCaro
    ShaCaro 4 meses atrás +4

    When I was younger, I loved ancient Egypt. I really wanted to visit the pyramids, until I learned of how we slowly degrade these places just by being there, essentially. This seems like a great compromise between the want to see and show, and the want to preserve. It gives the child in me a small hope that maybe in my lifetime, I'll be able to see those pyramids. And if not, this cave seems like a magnificent alternative!

  • Manes Janssens
    Manes Janssens 4 meses atrás +3

    i have been in the cave of Niaux, a cave with real authentic drawings in the south of france. it was an amazing, intense experience and one i will never forget

  • Daniel S
    Daniel S 4 meses atrás +1

    This is awesome. They really ought to do this more, rather than letting historical sites be destroyed over time.

  • Just Some Guy without a Mustache
    Just Some Guy without a Mustache 4 meses atrás +6110

    Human engineering and technology just never fails to blow my mind, being able to laser scan and copy caves to this level of authenticity.

    • Yuki
      Yuki 3 meses atrás +1

      @Zephrym you’re not hiding the fact you can barely draw a stickman very well my guy 😀👍

    • Zephrym
      Zephrym 3 meses atrás +1

      @Manan Patel Mona lisa is a far cry from a large cave with billions of points on complicated curves

    • tomtalk24
      tomtalk24 3 meses atrás

      You haven't seen the originals so cant know if they look authentic regardless of tech used. Blown away by what you are told?

    • Jonas Bové
      Jonas Bové 4 meses atrás

      The scans themselves, anyone with a smartphone can do. That's baffling as well.
      "Quixel Megascans" is the technology.

    • Steven N
      Steven N 4 meses atrás

      @Clayton Harting
      I forget the exact quote, but was something like "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"

  • Zelda's Fox
    Zelda's Fox 4 meses atrás +3

    I LOOOOOOOVE this idea. The fact that 3D scanning, printing, CNCs, and adding the human final touches back in to make this as authentic as possible is amazing to keep the originals preserved as much as possible. Would love to see how they replicate this in the future to keep the original, priceless artifacts in tact and away from the hands of tourists. Yes, most tourists are good but it only takes 1 most times.

    • kashii chan
      kashii chan 4 meses atrás

      As stated in the video, it was more about the unintentional impact: humidity and bacteria from breath and presence of so many people.

  • Drew Northup
    Drew Northup 4 meses atrás +5

    I see you found a cave you can tolerate! (I actually hope one day you find a more friendly introduction to wild caves.) They said, I 100% agree with their decision to protect the original in the way you've shown they are. Responsible caving requires attention to detail and respect for the environment over convenience-something largely incompatible with the mission of mass in-person education. Separating the two is good for everyone.

  • Teneban
    Teneban 4 meses atrás +9

    Personally, I find the replica even more inspiring than I find the real cave to be. Putting this replica together required techniques and technologies that show just how much progress we've made as a species since then, and the fact that this replica even exists shows that we as a species have come to respect and protect history and nature. This replica shows us both the past and the present, and gives me hope for the future.

  • Tea with G
    Tea with G 4 meses atrás

    Great questions Tom and all very valid. I work at Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire which is an experimental archaeology site, looking in particular at prehistory from the UK. We take archaeological evidence and recreate it for people to visit - which allows people to experience the size and atmosphere of a stone age house, an iron age house, a roman villa or a saxon hall. These are all replica's - but all based on real evidence. We have been able to take some archaeologists hypothesis and try them out! Perhaps you would like to come and do a video with us one day?

  • CESAR HERNANDEZ LOPEZ
    CESAR HERNANDEZ LOPEZ 4 meses atrás +1

    There is another amazing one in Santillana del Mar (Cantabria, Spain) called Altamira Cave and very much like this one, you can only visit a copy.

  • Alicja Sporzynska
    Alicja Sporzynska 4 meses atrás +1

    Seeing those paintings preserved so well in a cave that's so deep makes me think that once, someone surely said to the guy who made some of this art something along these lines:
    "C'mon, Steve. Why would you paint in this dark, deep cave? Why can't you make your drawings outside like a normal person? This is pointless."
    Guess Steve had something there, after all.

  • Real Mike Fake News
    Real Mike Fake News 4 meses atrás +2

    Makes sense. They do this with dinosaur bones, too. Most that you see in museums are replicas of real bones as the real bones are too brittle.

  • SuperPunitor
    SuperPunitor 4 meses atrás +1

    I vaguely remember hearing about this discovery when I was grade school! Interesting to see what has happened since.

  • Lugmillord
    Lugmillord 4 meses atrás +537

    I'm not quite sure what amazes me more. That they made an identical copy of the cave or that a (presumably) French guide has such an awesome English pronounciation. Smooth as butter.

    • bill bill
      bill bill 4 meses atrás +3

      @Jesse Thyrion one out of five speak good english. (i was one of them;)

    • SuperSlashLesPaul
      SuperSlashLesPaul 4 meses atrás +8

      @Jesse Thyrion as a guide from the chauvet cave, i can assure u he's french, but really really good in speaking english

    • Fox Vulpes
      Fox Vulpes 4 meses atrás +6

      Frackin' Cylon!

    • SAM BRICKELL
      SAM BRICKELL 4 meses atrás +90

      He's probably a replicant himself.

    • Jesse Thyrion
      Jesse Thyrion 4 meses atrás +19

      I spent a week in that region, and nobody that met that is from that area spoke a bit of English. Plenty of British tourists, but the locals only spoke French and a tiny bit of German even though this is in Southern France. I'm sure that there are several English speaking guides there though.

  • Finn Clifton
    Finn Clifton 4 meses atrás

    Excellent video Tom! We shot a scene for a documentary in the replica just yesterday. Talk of baader meinhof phenomenon. Its an incredible experience to walk around it alone. It might not be the real thing but it sure feels like it, and the deep dives from the staff makes it worth it. Id recommend it to anyone who gets the chance.

  • Rob Schellinger
    Rob Schellinger 4 meses atrás

    Thanks Tom.
    For me, there would be a bit of disappointment of not being able to see the original, but the fact that you can see a recreation of the art and how they replicated it would be astounding to see. It's like a sightseeing twofer. I imagine my brain would be fooled for a bit as well. Keep up the great work, Tom.

  • Sharp
    Sharp 4 meses atrás

    Thanks for all the videos Tom! Been watching for years now, and I really appreciate the quality!

  • Murray Waldron
    Murray Waldron 4 meses atrás +1

    Thank you for showing this. I so wanted to see this, even though it was a replica, when I was traveling there. Public transport & off season foiled my plan.

  • Chickaqee
    Chickaqee 4 meses atrás +1144

    Just the thought of having the cave open to the public gives me anxiety. Such amazing art and history. Creating the replica was a great idea!

    • V P
      V P 4 meses atrás +1

      @Boxhead77 At least the BRcliprs who deliberately walked off the boardwalk at Yellowstone got scalded by the boiling water when the delicate crust broke. Just appalling they were ready to tromp all over the place, breaking stuff.

    • Boxhead77
      Boxhead77 4 meses atrás +7

      Anxiety... No, abject fear!
      Imagine stepping into the real cave as a fully established tourist attraction, and realise a tourist has jumped over the railing, crushed a preserved animal skeleton under their fashion brand sneakers leaving a nice indented company brand in the soil, used their keys to scrap their initials into the wall and then proceeds to take a selfie and a tiktok clip for likes on social media while leaning up against the wall and rubbing off the charcoal drawing in the process.

    • Fake Name
      Fake Name 4 meses atrás +9

      @Daniel Rua yes it does
      Prove them wrong, you wont

    • Jan Švanda
      Jan Švanda 4 meses atrás +40

      @Daniel Rua Invalidate other person's feelings in four words...

    • Mirjan Bouma
      Mirjan Bouma 4 meses atrás +61

      @Daniel Rua are you next to them?

  • Toonce101
    Toonce101 4 meses atrás +4

    Love the concept. Preservation of history is more important than the monetary value gained from tourism. Heck, scan everything since we are able to

  • Geoff Hirst
    Geoff Hirst 4 meses atrás +2

    I went as a child, I remember it as a cave, not an attraction. One of those memories where you 'forget' the ground you are walking on, and remember the experience.

  • Wolf Moonwalker
    Wolf Moonwalker 4 meses atrás +1

    I actually went to the replica cave on holiday and nearly got stuck in it. My family, myself and a few other tourists lagged behind on a walk through the cave and the tour guide didn't realise and closed the airlock doors ahead of us. 😂
    Eventually they realised and let us out, but it was worth being trapped there for a few more moments. It's amazing and definitely worth a visit. They even have short virtual reality sessions where you can see the bits of the cave not replicated.

  • Ryan Smith
    Ryan Smith 4 meses atrás +7

    “They did not merely survive, they lived.” One of the best quotes I’ve ever heard

  • Warren Garabrandt
    Warren Garabrandt 4 meses atrás +840

    Absolutely, the recreation is enough. Most people will only ever see that art through a phone screen. The relatively few who get to see the recreation are only doing so because they want the full immersive experience. Tourists can get that from a replica easier than they can the original, and the original will be preserved for future researchers who actually DO need the original for legitimate research purposes.

    • hedgehog3180
      hedgehog3180 2 meses atrás +1

      @Vousie V Well I don't really think someone like Tom Scott has anywhere near the credentials to be able to actually visit the real cave. And like the entire point is to have people not visit the original so letting him in would defeat the purpose, the point is to get people to visit the replica.

    • Vousie V
      Vousie V 4 meses atrás +1

      Sure. But I still would've liked if they did allow some video makers (eg Tom Scott) to go into the original cave - perhaps in an airtight suit with a rebreather to prevent damage to the cave. Seeing a recreation in person is probably rather nice. Seeing that recreation on video is silly - why look up a reproduction of the Mona Lisa when you can see a photo of the real one instead?

    • TheSteelRodent
      TheSteelRodent 4 meses atrás

      @Warren Garabrandt reminds me of how Las Vegas copied the Eiffel tower so they wouldn't have to go to Paris

    • Warren Garabrandt
      Warren Garabrandt 4 meses atrás +11

      @mammutMK2 I think it would be awesome if they installed another one of these cave replicas in my country so I could visit it. I wouldn't even be worried that it was a replica.

    • mammutMK2
      mammutMK2 4 meses atrás +43

      And since it's next to the original it just great, as you can explain why the replica was created .The replica is a family attraction even suitable for disabled people.
      Like Tom sait, it would be completely different if it would be in paris.
      I visited some caves and when you see the stalagmites that were ruined because people don't unterstand "just look, don't touch" you just feel sick

  • THCDenton
    THCDenton 4 meses atrás +5

    "They do not merely survive, they live."
    Sometimes I forget how good I have it.

  • ericbazinga
    ericbazinga 4 meses atrás

    I'd love to see the museum take those laser scans and turn them into a VR application for those who can't go to the museum, cause it's in France. Another great way to preserve the art, and one more accessible to everyone around the world.

  • OceanLNR
    OceanLNR 4 meses atrás

    I visited this museum a few years ago. It’s incredible how realistic they made it feel

  • Simon Litten
    Simon Litten 4 meses atrás +1

    I visited Lascaux 2 in 1998 (it was fabulous). This will be well worth the visit too. Thank you. And the commentary about the art of our forebears and their culture was very illuminating.

  • Erik The Viking
    Erik The Viking 4 meses atrás +618

    I have no problem with making a duplicate cave, especially for something that's so sensitive. I've personally seen many places where people ruined glyphs and other historic relics.

    • Pendlera
      Pendlera 4 meses atrás

      @ktcd1172 It's funny to think that the people who lived back then might have thought those who left the original drawings on the caves were "less than enlightened" too. They might have even thought the cave's spirit would be insulted that humans drew on it.

    • Protoka
      Protoka 4 meses atrás +9

      Would be nice to see ancient wonders rebuilt. The colossus of rhodes, pyramids of ghiza (in their former glory), gardens of babylon. It's not like we have the infrastructure budget what with all the vital military spending but it'd be nice.

    • ktcd1172
      ktcd1172 4 meses atrás +10

      @The hash slinging slasher. @ Erik The Viking Not to mention the "Less than Enlightened", trying be a bit polite here, that think they need to leave their personal mark on places like this. They seem to think that what was created needs their personal "Improvement".

    • The hash slinging slasher.
      The hash slinging slasher. 4 meses atrás +49

      Agreed. as a former cave guide it sickens me how many local caves are slowly being destroyed by visitors of all types touching walls and bringing in all sorts of weird funk that ends up growing around lamps and other areas. Almost tragic in its own right.

  • Mimisterious
    Mimisterious 4 meses atrás

    the caving systems in ardeche are insane to explore, i went a few years back and really want to revisit!

  • jong3303
    jong3303 4 meses atrás

    I recall something similar in northern spain, altho the replica was very small which took away a lot of the experience. They did in addition also have a cave as tourist attraction but only with stalagmites and stalactites and specific groupsizes and times. I do wonder how people impact the formation of these structures in a cave

  • Paul Haynes
    Paul Haynes 4 meses atrás

    The amazing thing for me is the sheer genius of the drawings - they are clearly not naturalistic, yet they evoke the very nature, the beauty, the movement, of the animals. They are truly works of art - not done for 'art's sake', presumably (although we really have no idea), but that is a very recent concept anyway. Impossible to believe that people living such crude and hard lives, and working only by the light of a burning torch, could have created such wonder.

  • Agamemnon2
    Agamemnon2 4 meses atrás +6

    These kind of replicas are extremely important since there are so many historic artworks or sites that are simply too fragile to withstand sustained attention from the public.

  • Cea Saddict
    Cea Saddict 4 meses atrás

    This guy's videos never miss. One of the best channels on BRclip to me at the moment.

  • WASDxMerceless
    WASDxMerceless 4 meses atrás +5

    The art is amazingly accurate and detailed for what we think of as prehistoric people

    • Zte Axon 7
      Zte Axon 7 20 dias atrás

      @Ek-nz You have no idea how much of our peoples history was erased by scum in power.

    • Ek-nz
      Ek-nz 4 meses atrás

      I’m glad some people are pointing this out. Wish the video was about this.

  • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
    Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 4 meses atrás +2

    An exact replica of a prehistoric cave, with a gift shop attached to it. That's the most anthropocene thing I've ever heard of.

  • Graham King
    Graham King 4 meses atrás

    Thanks Tom! & team.. & all conservators & recreators. I find deeply moving both the original art of such sites and the present-day respect & dedication shown to preserve & study them.

  • Cam D
    Cam D 4 meses atrás +1432

    Incredible cave, and story! Sadly, here in Australia we have similar caves except from over 46,000 years ago that have been destroyed to make way for mining operations.. shows the priorities of our government and utter disregard for our history.. truly heartbreaking.

    • hedgehog3180
      hedgehog3180 2 meses atrás +1

      @Connor McCloy That's just a completely wrong take, people have always cared about preserving history and it's ironically a completely ahistorical idea that they didn't. When an earth quake rocked Constantinople in the 700s the people living there rebuilt large parts of the city because it was important to them. Classical Greek texts survived thousands of years because medieval scribes spent their entire life copying them in order to preserve them. The ancient Babylonians had an archeological museum. I could go on but people have always sought to preserve history because this stuff was important to them, it was an important part of their culture and they genuinely cared about protecting it for it's historical value. The idea that everyone in the past was just a cynic who never cared about anything other than their own survival is complete nonsense and not even remotely true. It's not a luxury to care about historical preservation, it's a basic human instinct. People in the past did care about ideals greater than themselves and they also weren't all living in complete misery constantly starving, they also had time off and produced art and literature just like we do today. In fact it's probably far easier to find people in the past who'd give their life to preserve something historical because to them it really was something greater than themselves because with how hard life was they had an acute awareness of how limited a human life is and how much greater history is than just one single life.

    • LeDocteurGonzo
      LeDocteurGonzo 4 meses atrás +1

      @LH AH ! That's the proof i'm french i suppose : being bad in english.

    • LH
      LH 4 meses atrás +1

      @LeDocteurGonzo - I meant because in English the word would be 'the French' or 'French people'. Not 'Frenchs' 😛

    • LeDocteurGonzo
      LeDocteurGonzo 4 meses atrás

      @LH cause i'm french. what the point?

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous 4 meses atrás +1

      @C. Hopper WE NEED REVOLUTION!

  • ٰ
    ٰ 4 meses atrás +1

    I personally feel as though condensing is great for teaching, but ultimately i'd want a 1:1 of the original, all the bland walls, then i'd be satisfied regardless of visiting the original.

  • Bitgedon
    Bitgedon 4 meses atrás +1

    This series has becomes Tom getting into increasingly more off limits places. I know he’s only in the replica but it’s still funny

  • Domi
    Domi 4 meses atrás

    I love how the epistemological question of authenticity arose, indeed food for thought. Thank you Tom

  • Stifled Voice
    Stifled Voice 4 meses atrás +1

    I'd like to see how the art looks under a flickering flame light as it was originally made. That would give an animating effect to some of the drawings.

  • infirmux
    infirmux 4 meses atrás

    Would be great to be offered as a VR experience (on all platform). Could be included in Brink Traveller or something.

  • Lorenz Witzel
    Lorenz Witzel 4 meses atrás

    i was there before and while the cave is perfectly recreated visually from what i can tell it kinda lacks something that real caves have and that is atmosphere, real caves just feel different and that is something that this replica really cant mimic, that makes it still great to show the artistic feats from so long ago and all the interesting details of the cave but it makes the experience a bit unfulfilling compared to real caves that ive been in.

  • XenoFireStar
    XenoFireStar 4 meses atrás

    All I am going to say is that I have been to Kartchner Caverns in Arizona. It is a limestone cave that has been incredibly well preserved and opened to the public for guided tours only. It is incredible, and would not be the same if it was recreated.

  • hedgehog3180
    hedgehog3180 2 meses atrás

    It's also kinda insane to think that a person 30k years ago made these paintings and then 30k years later we put an enormous amount of effort into replicating them perfectly. I don't think the original artists could ever imagine that someone in the future would go to such lengths to replicate it.

  • storlach
    storlach 4 meses atrás +748

    I've been there three years ago. If you "let go" then all the art on the walls becomes "real" and leaves you in astonishment of what those artists were capable of. All in all, the cave, although being a replica, gives you the feeling of witnessing something, being in the presence of something unique. All the discussion about the question of a replica being of any kind of sense is like asking if going to see a movie makes sense. It's a fantastic ability of the brain to trick us into taking something for real which isn't, to create real emotions from something "artificial".

    • storlach
      storlach 4 meses atrás

      @Carl Jackson I'm a filmmaker myself and everytime I develop a story and the characters in it I recreate live. So the process of making a movie is trying to replicate live, isn`t it?

    • Carl Jackson
      Carl Jackson 4 meses atrás +1

      I agree with your sentiment except for the movie comparison. Movies are specifically made for that end result of the 2 hour video. Every scene is shot over and over again until they get it perfect for that 2 hour movie, the whole point of the production existing is to make the movie that people watch. The cave is something that already exists and is then is replicated.

    • Marc Patzelt
      Marc Patzelt 4 meses atrás

      The film analogy is really good

    • murphyislaw
      murphyislaw 4 meses atrás

      Yaaas exactly

    • Darren Murphy
      Darren Murphy 4 meses atrás +1

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin isnt that all it is anyway?
      If we wer not here, what meaning would remain?

  • Anitenshi
    Anitenshi 4 meses atrás

    I remember my old history teacher telling about the Pyramids in Egypt and how they do tours inside. How some tourists be touching the painted walls and being amazed that there is paint on their hands…. How they have to close off and reopen different chambers bc it just gets too destroyed. These types of replica are a great idea.

  • bazzarr
    bazzarr 4 meses atrás +2

    "If you can replicate something this accurately, how much does it matter that it's not the original?" This question goes right to the heart of Star Trek transporters which people have been arguing over for the past 60 years.

  • Professor Simon Holland
    Professor Simon Holland 4 meses atrás +1

    great idea.,.we live near Lascaux and the new reproduction is millimetre accurate, even the temperature and humidity is a copy of the original...i feel so much happier visiting a cave copy and knowing i am causing no harm.

  • Unusual Comment
    Unusual Comment 3 meses atrás +2

    There's a lot of cool stuff to discover in France! Glad you've come here!

  • nour
    nour 4 meses atrás +297

    Hey! I'm from around there! One thing the video cannot show is the feeling you get inside the repli-cave (see what I did there) - not only is the temperature close to what it is in the actual cave, but there's also a soundscape designed to be more immersive. The detailing of the sculpted walls is also staggering. I went there on a school trip when the cave was not quite finished and not opened to the public yet, and there were still dozens of people adding resin to the walls to give them a wet sheen, to add texture and details... it's truly a staggering amount of work.
    Also, regarding the "it's not the real thing" ordeal, as a local I'm very glad that we're still able to experience something akin to the real thing without damaging it. The irreversible damage in Lascaux is a real tragedy and I feel like the overwhelming consensus is relief knowing that Chauvet will get to be preserved AND shown off safely. There is a real local pride in the existence of these caves in the region, and it's nice to see that there was a way of sharing the history while preserving it!

    • hedgehog3180
      hedgehog3180 2 meses atrás

      @tompw3141 Well they sometimes kinda smell like sulfur due to ground water seeping through.

    • tompw3141
      tompw3141 4 meses atrás +6

      @Ek-nz Caves don't generally have a smell... the absence of light means there's no plants or algae (or anything that lives on vegetable matter), and hence nothing really that can decompose (and create a smell).
      (The lack of algae is also why wet rocks in caves aren't slippery).

    • distortingjack
      distortingjack 4 meses atrás +1

      +1 for replicave, which for added bonus works in French as well

    • Chloe van Oeveren
      Chloe van Oeveren 4 meses atrás +13

      I don't think the "it's not the real thing" ordeal is really important. This is as close to the "real thing" as we can currently get; complaining that it's not genuine is quite selfish really, since the alternative is actually seeing the real thing and likely damaging it. This would ruin it for everyone else, not to mention future generations

    • Ek-nz
      Ek-nz 4 meses atrás

      But surely the smell is all wrong.

  • slept
    slept Mês atrás

    as an anthropology major, your query - "how important is it that this isn't the real thing, given its similarity to the original?" - really interests me. too often do we lose artifacts, evidence, sites, etc to tourism and vandalism. i hope we move more in this direction in the future.

  • Muhammad Hashim Mushtaq
    Muhammad Hashim Mushtaq 4 meses atrás +1

    I like this idea. This way the general public can see historical discoveries without having to ruin the real place.

  • Samuel Phippen
    Samuel Phippen 4 meses atrás

    Awesomeness!
    It’s ideas put into action like this, that gives me hope for humanity.

  • Itachi0609
    Itachi0609 4 meses atrás

    I would love to go and see this replica of the cave, preservation of the original site is beyond important.

  • Camomile
    Camomile 4 meses atrás

    Imagine a future civilization finding these two caves, the amount of questions it would create

  • Sam Browne
    Sam Browne 4 meses atrás

    What's amazing is that if you go back just 5k to 7k years, everyone alive today has exactly the same ancestors, meaning that we all carry genes passed down from the exact people who did these paintings (assuming they have any descendants of course)

  • Troodon
    Troodon 4 meses atrás

    I love the idea that in 30,000 years future archaeologists will be really confused as to why there's two nearly identical caves.

  • [DTMF] Quantum Grandpa
    [DTMF] Quantum Grandpa 4 meses atrás

    I want to go see the second cave. I think it's necessary to reduce the size, but something that isn't captured in the copy is the sound of the orginal cave. They could take the original point cloud and make a VR app with some spatialized sound so you could make noise into it and hear the cave. That would be neat.

  • Quotable Mango
    Quotable Mango 4 meses atrás +298

    This is a great idea. I personally would prefer to walk through a replica if that means the original can be preserved for thousands of years after I am gone

    • Talguy21
      Talguy21 2 meses atrás +11

      @rubberduck Their interests are to spread awareness of ancient history and to educate about our ancient ancestors. If you want to be cynical, though, they do charge an admission fee and have a gift shop. So it's not like they're getting none of that money back.

    • rubberduck
      rubberduck 3 meses atrás +1

      They build a copy for Billions of dollars and no video and photo of the original cave? This is not what I expect from sience...Who paid for this copy? What interests do they realy have?

    • Hell investiert
      Hell investiert 4 meses atrás +1

      ⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️

  • newshefan
    newshefan 4 meses atrás

    What a poignant closing statement!
    Humans forget very easily that every individual has their own life and story, even those who lived 30,000 years ago. Would like to visit the replica one day and stand in awe of the amazing art and technology.

  • Frogmouth
    Frogmouth 4 meses atrás

    This can be a big inspiration and motivation for certain people who *_really_* want to experience the real cave in person, aka study good and study hard to be one of the archeologists, geologists, or any related professions to go there! That's the only way to experience the real one.

  • Надежда Рекубратская

    The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction…
    I couldn’t even think that something like cave paintings can be copied so precisely.

  • Moses Zero
    Moses Zero 2 meses atrás

    Anyone who appreciates the cave would appreciate the effort put into the replica to protect the original while still sharing the art with more people.

  • Josh the Owl
    Josh the Owl 4 meses atrás +334

    Tourists: "I wish I could see this unique cave without ruining it."
    Researchers: "There is another."

    • Scythal
      Scythal 4 meses atrás +2

      "Through the magic of having two of them, we'll be able to see what's inside!"

    • Arclite
      Arclite 4 meses atrás +2

      "Good! Twice the caves, double the discovery"

    • Graham Parks
      Graham Parks 4 meses atrás +1

      Two of them.

    • The Cheesy Nachos
      The Cheesy Nachos 4 meses atrás +9

      If I had a dollar for every Chauvet caves there are, I would have two dollars. Which isn’t a lot but it’s weird that there are two of them.

    • Platypus Music
      Platypus Music 4 meses atrás +9

      No more, no less

  • Rhyan Thompson
    Rhyan Thompson 4 meses atrás +1

    You should check out the caves in Sulawesi, Indonesia. They have older cave paintings (45,500 year old animal depiction and 39,900 year old hand stencil.) You also can actually visit the original cave! (The actual caves are tourist attractions and yet nothing has happened to the artwork…)