LASCAUX CAVE PAINTINGS
WEBQUEST

Short history of Lascaux: Lascaux Cave Paintings: the prehistoric Sistine Chapel
Known as "the prehistoric Sistine Chapel," the Lascaux Caves, a cave complex in southwestern France, contain some of the most remarkable Paleolithic cave paintings in the world, from at least 15,000 years ago.
The cave was discovered on 12 September 1940 by four teenagers, Marcel Ravidat, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel, and Simon Coencas, as well as Ravidat's dog, Robot. Public access was made easier after World War II. By 1955, the carbon dioxide produced by 1,200 visitors per day had visibly damaged the paintings. The cave was closed to the public in 1963 in order to preserve the art.


INSTRUCTIONS
1. Go to the website: http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/?lng=en#/en/00.xml
2.Click on, “A Visit to the Cave” in the center of the screen. You will begin to see a virtual tour of the caves at Lascaux.
3.On the left side of the screen, you will see a small, vertical triangle. If you hover your mouse over this triangle, a sidebar will appear.
4.Follow the “Hints” in parentheses after the questions in order to find the answers.
5. Answer all questions on a separate sheet of lined paper. Use COMPLETE SENTENCES!!


QUESTIONS
1.Who discovered the cave paintings at Lascaux? (HINT: Find numbers 1 and 2 under Archaeological Research: The Discovery)
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2.What was the first gallery to be discovered?

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3.What are the seven sectors the caves as Lascaux are divided into? (HINT: Find under “The Setting: The Lascaux Cave”)
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4.What colors did the Paleolithic people use to create their paintings? (HINT: Find under “Parietal Art: The Raw Materials”)_
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5.What are the three basic themes presented in the cave paintings? (HINT: Find under “Parietal Art:Themes”)_
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**Go to
www.wikipedia.org and search “Lascaux” to respond to questions 6-9
6.How old are the cave paintings at Lascaux?

7.How many images are there?
8.900 of these images are identified as what?

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9.What is the most famous section of the cave? Why?
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10. What are some reasons early modern humans created cave art?
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11. What struck you about the images you explored today?
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12. Choose which image from anywhere in the caves of Lascaux, that you would want to draw on the classroom wall.
What is the image of?_
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What section is it in?
Why did you choose this image?
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13. Sketch your image onto the back side of your paper.