Gargas is really two caves, the upper being Magdalenian, with abstract symbols and animal paintings (species now extinct), about 15,000 years old now; the lower is Gravettian, recently carbon-dated to 26,000 years ago, and that's where all the hands-in-negative paintings are. Unlike Lascaux and Alta Mira, one can actually go into Gargas and see the real things, or some of them. Reservations are required, visits are guided, numbers entering are limited, and tour/visits can last no more than 50 minutes. All for preservation purposes. There is a strict no fotos in the caves policy, and, uncharacteristically, I complied with it. Alas, there is very little of Gargas on the web, so I have little to show except the following, some of which are off the web and some of which are photos of photos.
|The visitor/interpretive center; and gift shoppe; the|
interpretive stuff was quite good, with representations of
many of the items the tours don't see
|Actual entrance to actual cave|
|Example from the interpretive center|
|In the Cave of the Hands, near Santa Cruz, Argentina,|
c. 7,000-11,000 BCE (off the web); I want to go there...