Chauvet Cave Timeline

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  • c. 2600000 BCE - c. 12000 BCE
    The Palaeolithic (or Old Stone Age) period, ranging from c. 2,6 million years ago until c. 12,000 years ago.
  • c. 2600000 BCE - c. 12000 BCE
    The Pleistocene epoch, ranging from c. 2,6 million years ago until c. 12,000 years ago. It is characterised by repeated cycles of glacials and interglacials.
  • c. 40000 BCE - c. 28000 BCE
    Aurignacian culture of Homo sapiens in Europe.
  • c. 37500 BCE - c. 33500 BCE
    First period of human occupation of Chauvet Cave.
  • c. 33000 BCE - c. 30000 BCE
    Age of the cave paintings in Chauvet Cave, France.
  • c. 32000 BCE - c. 27000 BCE
    Second human occupation of Chauvet Cave.
  • c. 17000 BCE - 15000 BCE
    Lascaux cave paintings.
  • 18 Dec 1994 CE
    Chauvet Cave is discovered by Jean-Marie Chauvet, √Čliette Brunel and Christian Hillaire.