Grotte Chauvet discovery | The Discovery of the Chauvet Cave

Date: December 17, 2020 Posted by: Rohit Gupta In: Google Doodle

26th Anniversary of the Grotte Chauvet Discovery

Today, the search engine Google has shared an interactive Google Doodle celebrating 26th anniversary of the Grotte Chauvet Discovery which had been discovered on 18, 1994.

The Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in the Ardèche department of southeastern France is a cave that covers some of the best-preserved symbolic cave paintings in the world, as well as other indication of Upper Paleolithic life. It is situated near the commune of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc on a limestone cliff above the former bed of the Ardèche River, in the Gorges de l’Ardèche.

Grotte Chauvet discovery

Grotte Chauvet discovery

It is careful one of the most significant prehistoric art sites and the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO granted it World Heritage status on June 22, 2014. The cave was first discovered by a group of three speleologists: Eliette Brunel-Deschamps, Christian Hillaire, and Jean-Marie Chauvet for whom it was called six months after an aperture now known as “Le Trou de Baba” (“Baba’s Hole”) was discovered by Michel Rosa (Baba).



As exemplified in today’s Doodle, the cave structures depictions of 14 different species— from horses and lions to unsafe prehistoric persons like the long-extinct wooly rhinoceros and mammoth.

Through carbon dating, the extraordinary drawings have been traced back to the Aurignacian period over 30,000 years ago. Thanks to a rock fall that sealed the entrance more than 10,000 years later, the Chauvet Cave–and the more than 1,000 drawings documented on its limestone walls–then remained untouched, preserved for millennia in pristine quality.

Grotte Chauvet discovery

In credit of the site’s vast importance to the human story, UNESCO inscribed the Chauvet Cave onto the World Heritage List in 2014.

When was the Chauvet cave discovered?

December 1994
Jean Clottes

The Chauvet Cave was discovered in the Ardèche valley (in southern France) in December 1994 by three cave explorers, after removing the rumble of stones that blocked a passage.

In recognition of the site’s vast significance to the human story.Today’s Doodle celebrates this groundbreaking discovery–now known as Grotte Chauvet (French for Chauvet Cave).

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