Cookies on oxfam

We use cookies to ensure that you have the best experience on our website. If you continue browsing, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all our cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more Close

  • Grows vegetables
  • Fills classrooms
  • Drills wells
  • Empowers women
  • Fights poverty

Chauvet Cave - The Discovery of the World's Oldest Paintings

£24.99

Product description

On 18th December 1994, three cavers were inspecting sites in the Ardeche, southern France, when they came across the hidden entrance to an underground cavern. Inside, they picked out traces of colour on the cave walls: pictures of a mammoth, a huge bear, rhinoceroses and lions. Here, in this hidden network of underground caverns, was a collection of 300 wall paintings, and traces of man dating back 30,000 years. They are the oldest examples of prehistoric art ever found - some 15,000 years older than those at Lascaux - and the cave had remained undisturbed for so long that the even the footprints in the floor were those of Stone Age man.

This text recounts this discovery and presents a series of photographs of the cave paintings. The images are particularly impressive in terms of the techniques used to present perspective and motion: many figures interact with each other; some are staggered; others are drawn on bulges in the cave wall to further suggest depth. An epilogue by Jean Clottes, a prehistoric art specialist, provides an analysis of the paintings, and sets them in context. Now that the cave is closed to the public, this book provides an opportunity to view the paintings at first hand, revealing the mastery of our Stone Age ancestors.

There are some signs of shelf wear to the dust jacket. Otherwise, this book is in excellent condition thoughout

Item details

Added value:
First Edition, Signed
Author(s):
Chauvet Cave
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
First, 1996
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0500017069
ISBN-13:
9780500017067
Number of pages:
155
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Title:
Chauvet Cave - The Discovery of the World's Oldest Paintings

Standard UK Delivery £3.95 per order

Delivery FAQs

Free returns

within 21 days.
Returns policy

About this item

On 18th December 1994, three cavers were inspecting sites in the Ardeche, southern France, when they came across the hidden entrance to an underground cavern. Inside, they picked out traces of colour on the cave walls: pictures of a mammoth, a huge bear, rhinoceroses and lions. Here, in this hidden network of underground caverns, was a collection of 300 wall paintings, and traces of man dating back 30,000 years. They are the oldest examples of prehistoric art ever found - some 15,000 years older than those at Lascaux - and the cave had remained undisturbed for so long that the even the footprints in the floor were those of Stone Age man.

This text recounts this discovery and presents a series of photographs of the cave paintings. The images are particularly impressive in terms of the techniques used to present perspective and motion: many figures interact with each other; some are staggered; others are drawn on bulges in the cave wall to further suggest depth. An epilogue by Jean Clottes, a prehistoric art specialist, provides an analysis of the paintings, and sets them in context. Now that the cave is closed to the public, this book provides an opportunity to view the paintings at first hand, revealing the mastery of our Stone Age ancestors.

There are some signs of shelf wear to the dust jacket. Otherwise, this book is in excellent condition thoughout

Added value:
First Edition, Signed
Author(s):
Chauvet Cave
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
First, 1996
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0500017069
ISBN-13:
9780500017067
Number of pages:
155
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Title:
Chauvet Cave - The Discovery of the World's Oldest Paintings

Delivery & returns

This item will be dispatched to UK addresses via second class post within 2 working days of receipt of your order. Standard UK delivery is £3.95 per order, so you're only charged once no matter how many items you have in your basket. Any additional courier charges will be applied at checkout as they vary depending on delivery address.

You can find out more about delivery and returns in our help section.

We offer a no quibble returns policy as follows:

Wedding dresses: 14 days

Overseas returns: 31 days

Everything else: 21 days


This item is also available for international delivery by airmail, carrying a mandatory delivery charge of:

Europe: £8.00

Outside Europe: £15.00

Volunteer listed

Wonder how this unique item ended up online?

Most of the second-hand items you see online have been donated, by supporters like you, to our high street stores. Each item is then priced, photographed and listed on this site by our amazing team of volunteers from across the country.

After you have bought your item, our team of volunteers package and dispatch it from the Shop straight to you or your chosen recipient.

All profits from the sales of our goods go towards funding Oxfam's work around the world. We rely on your donations to sell online so please keep the cycle of goodness going!

To find out more about volunteering with Oxfam, please visit our how to volunteer page.

Oxfam Shop Cotham Hill

Situated in central Bristol above the Cotham Hill general Oxfam shop, Oxfam's Bristol Online Shop is a small team of welcoming and friendly volunteers ranging in age from teens to sixties - all are welcome for their contribution. We specialise in selling books online but also have a wide range of clothing, music, toys, games and bric 'a' brac. A really great range for all Oxfam shoppers. Please feel free to send an email for more information.  

If you are interested in volunteering with our Online Shop team please call give us a call on 0117 9738593005 or email onlineshopf2803@oxfam.org.uk
.

View Shop