However, after the original prehistoric inhabitants left, the cave was forgotten until the nineteenth century when local people again began to visit the cave.
In 1901, Denis Peyrony, a school teacher from Les Eyzies, discovered the paintings inside Font de Gaume.
Cave Paintings are paintings on cave walls and ceilings, usually dating to prehistoric times.
The earliest known European cave paintings date to 32,000 years ago.
The Cosquer cave is located in the Calanque de Morgiou near Marseille, France, not very far from Cap Morgiou.
However, many of the cave’s paintings were discovered much later.They are multi layered and come from different epochs – The Epupaleolith, The Neolith, The Eneolith, the beginning of The Early Bronze Age.The paintings in the Magura cave represent dancing women, dancing and hunting men, disguised men, large variety of animals, suns, stars, instruments of labour, and plants.The fabulous caves of Altamira are located near Santilliana del Mar in Cantabria, Northern Spain, about 30 kms. As is so often the case they were discovered by chance.In 1868 a hunter by the name of Modesto Cubillas stumbled across them but they were not properly explored until 1875 by a nobleman from Santander named Marcellino Sanz de Santuola but it was his daughter, Maria de Santuola who discovered the wonderful cave paintings of Altamira in 1879.