A high-precision chronological model for the decorated Upper Paleolithic cave of Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche, France

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A high-precision chronological model for the decorated Upper Paleolithic cave of Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche, France
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PNAS
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Quiles, Anita
Valladas, Hélène
Bocherens, Hervé
Delqué-Količ, Emmanuelle
Kaltnecker, Evelyne
van der Plicht, Johannes
Delannoy, Jean-Jacques
Feruglio, Valérie
Fritz, Carole
Monney, Julien
Philippe, Michel
Tosello, Gilles
Clottes, Jean
Geneste, Jean-Michel
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Chauvet-Pont D'arc Cave ( local )
Radiocarbon Dating ( local )
Upper Paleolithic ( local )
Bayesian Modeling ( local )
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Radiocarbon dates for the ancient drawings in the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave revealed ages much older than expected. These early ages and nature of this Paleolithic art make this United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) site indisputably unique. A large, multidisciplinary dating program has recently mapped the anthropological evolution associated with the cave. More than 350 dates (by 14C, U-Th, TL and 36Cl) were obtained over the last 15 y. They include 259 radiocarbon dates, mainly related to the rock art and human activity in the cave. We present here more than 80 previously unpublished dates. All of the dates were integrated into a high-precision Bayesian model based on archaeological evidence to securely reconstruct the complete history of the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave on an absolute timescale. It shows that there were two distinct periods of human activity in the cave, one from 37 to 33,500 y ago, and the other from 31 to 28,000 y ago. Cave bears also took refuge in the cave until 33,000 y ago.
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PNAS, Vol. 113, no. 17 (2016-04-11).

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