A virtual exhibition of the famous prehistoric site will open in Marseille

A virtual exhibition of one of France’s most famous prehistoric sites, the underwater cave of Cosquer, opens after the main site could be lost due to rising tides.

From today, visitors to the port city of Marseille will be able to see the Cosquer Méditerranée, a replica of the 30,000-year-old site.

The visual and sound “experience” features copies of the prehistoric paintings that made the cave internationally famous.

The Cosquer cave was discovered in 1985 by the diver Henri Cosquer, in deep waters off the coast of Marseille.

After years of preparation, the exhibition allows the public to explore the cave, of which only 20% currently remains accessible on foot.

Officials say the remaining dry areas of the cave are at risk of flooding due to the effects of climate change.

The cave is notable for its distinct artwork, with Venus figurines and negative handprints among the artistic expression on its walls.

It is believed to have become inaccessible on foot some 9,000 years ago and “has remained untouched by human activity for approximately 20,000 years”, according to Cosquer Méditerranée.

Updated: June 04, 2022, 10:22 a.m.

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