Tucked away in the Ardeche gorge of southern France, the
cave is considered one of the greatest Paleolithic sanctuaries ever discovered. The UNESCO World Heritage Site contains the earliest-known and best-preserved figurative drawings in the world, dating to between 32,000 and 30,000 BC. But as soon as the cave was discovered in 1994, scientists advised to close it to visitors.
The French authorities faced a complex problem: how to both preserve and promote this invaluable heritage?