The site that I found the most interesting was the Chauvet Cave in France. Something about it caught my imagination in a way that the other sites we studied did not. The way the cave was formed itself was one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed. The salt falling from the ceiling as it slowly dripped to the floor covering everything with this beautiful shimmering appearance. The rock art or cave paintings were by far the most breath taking out of everything that was observed in the cave. The horses and mountain lions; I could stare at them for what appears to be forever. The artistic style and the way the individual painted the pieces were breath taking. It was almost like they were meant to be preserved forever. The way that the scientists that discovered the cave were able to describe how the individuals that were living there all that time go and how they painted is unbelievable. The best part of the film was when the scientist took us on a tour to show the path of the man that painted with his palms. He had a broken or bend pinkie finger, which made his hand prints extremely unique. He walked a long way placing his hand prints anywhere be desired. I do not know if the way he did it or the fact that he did it was important or significant to his culture at the time. It could have very well been because he was bored and had nothing better to do, but he did take a lot of time on the “art project.”
I would consider this site to be rather important to understanding the culture at the time and the way the people lived back when the animals were the size of them. The home or ceremonies that were took place in the cave must have been remarkable. The cave also shows how the ancient people lived. There was tons of animal bones present. This was either for eating or cave bears that were also present with the individuals inside the cave. There much have been a rather interesting culture at the time. I would have enjoyed the idea that families lived there and functioned in my “normal idea” of what a society would be. That honestly makes no sense, but I can dream. This site captures the imagination in ways that other ones did not. The fact that it can only be visited during special times or during certain seasons was odd, but I like it. I think that it is one of the better ways to preserve the site from being destroyed. Most human beings tend to destroy what they touch, even if it wasn’t meant to happen that way. I would like the cave to be preserved for the rest of our time on this planet.