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Cave Engravings Discovered Near Paris

Archeologists in France say they've discovered a key to the spectacular collection of carvings dating back to prehistoric times. They believe the collection rivals that of the world-famous cave paintings of Lascaux, also found in the same region as Dordogne. The engravings are remarkably complete, and show the animals that would have roamed at the time. The carvings were made, well over 22,000 years ago. They depict bison, horses, and rhinoceros. The carvings stretch across nearly a kilometer of cave walls. Archeologists say it's an exceptional discovery and they believe the quality of the engravings proves the importance of the Cussac caves. One image that baffles them is the depiction of a woman, which may be a sexual icon. The bones of five humans were also found and possibly date from 22,000 years ago. However, because of the fragility of the engravings, the cave won't be open to the public for the foreseeable future, but there are plans for it to be shown on the Internet.

Renny Goldsmith, BBC News.

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法国的考古学家称,他们发现了一组大规模的史前壁刻。考古学家说,这组壁刻可与世界著名的卢克瑟壁画以及同一区域发现的奥迪恩壁画相媲美。壁刻十分完整,图案为生存于那个时代的动物。壁刻是约在两万两千年前完成的,有野牛、马和犀牛等等。壁刻持续约有一公里。考古学家说,这个发现是独一无二的,这组壁刻证明了库萨克洞穴的重要性。有一幅女子的图像让考古学家们迷惑不解,这有可能是一个性的象征。同时被发现的还有五幅人类的遗骸,大约可追溯到两万两千年前。由于壁刻比较脆弱,因此目前还没打算向公众开放,但有计划在互联网上进行展示。

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