Chauvet Cave inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List [fr]
The decorated cave of Pont d’Arc– popularly referred to as the Chauvet Cave – was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 22nd June 2014 during the World Heritage Committee session held in Doha.
Its inscription is the recognition of the exceptional witness that the Chauvet Cave bears as much for history as art. It houses a total of more than 1000 artworks representing human and animal figures painted more than 36,000 years ago.
This masterpiece combines creativity and technical mastery. A restoration facility for the cave, located in nearby Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, will soon enable the public to explore the cave in its full splendour.
With this latest inclusion, the number of French cultural properties and natural heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List has notched up to 39.
The President of the French Republic, François Hollande, has stated, “This inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List consecrates the exceptional quality of this site […] It is a matter of pride for our country that this treasure of our heritage, a veritable masterpiece of art and a unique testament of history and humanity, be thus recognised.”
Last year, the eminent French pre-historian, Prof Jean Clottes, the greatest international specialist on the Chauvet Cave and Palaeolithic prehistoric art, visited India to participate in the Festival of Cave Art, held in Bhopal. He also delivered a lecture entitled, “From the Chauvet Cave to the Hills of Madhya Pradesh: Rock Art in France and India”, on 25 November at the Residence of France. On this occasion, he also presented Rock Art and Tribal Art of Central India, his latest work conducted in collaboration with Dr Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak.