The original cave is located near the village of Montignac, central France. The frescoes date back to 16,000 years. The paintings found in the caves depict a prehistoric map of the night sky. Numerous dots in clusters are found among the outlined forms. The dots are believed to be stars adjacent to constellations, depicted in the form of animals and objects.
Painted on to the wall of the shaft is a bull, a strange bird-man and a mysterious bird on a stick. According to German researcher, Dr Michael Rappenglueck, these outlines form a map of the sky with the eyes of the bull, birdman and bird representing the three prominent stars Vega, Deneb and Altair. These stars are today known as the ‘Summer Triangle’ and are among the brightest stars in the sky.
A map of the Pleiades star cluster has also been found among the Lascaux frescoes.
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