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Lascaux Cave Paintings
Lascaux cabe paintings
A small section of the wall.

Origin

Paleolithic Lascaux Hominids

Type

Paleolithic Cave Paintings

Effects

If touched by someone, the animals in the cave painting will animate.

Downsides

If too much contact is made, the animals will come out of the painting.

Activation

Touching

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Carter-95KV

Date of Collection

1963

[Source]


Origin Edit

On 12 September 1940, the entrance to Lascaux Cave was discovered by 18-year-old Marcel Ravidat. Ravidat returned to the scene with three friends, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel, and Simon Coencas, and entered the cave via a long shaft. The teenagers discovered that the cave walls were covered with depictions of ancient animals. The cave complex was opened to the public in 1948 and was closed to the public in 1963.

Effect Edit

When touched, the animals in the cave painting will seemingly come to life and even interact with each other. If touched too often, the animals will come out of the painting and aggressively attack and kill any humans in the area. "Killing" the animals forces them back into position on the cave wall.

Collection Edit

It was collected by an agent in 1963 after the cave paintings started to come to life and wild animals who weren't indigenous to area and even extinct started attacking locals. After it was identified, large sections of the wall were excavated and it was moved to the Warehouse. The caves were closed to the public due to "preservation" complaints, and replica paintings were made in the caves.

The paintings take up a whole section of the Warehouse and recent studies have indicated that the effects may be the result of another artifact. Given that animals appear from the wall as living creatures, it is hypothesized that early Paleolithic hominids discovered an artifact that allowed them to transfer possible predators and prey into the paintings, perhaps to protect themselves of, in the case of creatures like the Auroch, to hunt later.

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