Google Arts & Culture makes available 54 exhibitions and 350 online documents from the Chauvet Caves, the largest collection of cave paintings ever found

THE Chauvet Cave, located in the Ardèche region, southern France, is a cave in which some of the oldest and most important cave paintings made by mankind were found.

It is now possible to view this exhibition of ancient art without leaving your home. That's because the Google Arts & Culture made available photos in augmented reality of this true treasure of humanity.

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A virtual tour of 30 thousand years 

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Photo: Playback / Google

The French historic site has several cave paintings and documents, being the largest of its kind ever discovered. Currently, it is not possible visit the caves personally due to the wear and tear that this type of visit causes on the walls. However, the resource provided by the Google Arts & Culture offers 54 exhibitions and 350 scanned documents.

Produced over 36,000 years ago, the paintings form the largest cave collection ever found. The designs vary and largely symbolize the daily lives of our ancestors, such as hunting and some animals.

The virtual tour is carried out with the “Pocket Gallery” technology, which uses an augmented reality feature, allowing the visitor to observe the works from different angles. You can enjoy 3D images on your cell phone, if the technology is available on your device.

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Photo: Playback/Google

In addition, a guided visualization feature is also available: just search for the name of one of the 12 caves that are part of the archaeological site and click on “view in 3D”. Thus, it is possible to “walk” between the caves, observing the cave paintings and even changing the lighting.

Finally, to check out the virtual exhibition, just click here.

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