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Cave paintings (also known as "parietal art") are painted drawings on cave walls or ceilings, mainly of prehistoric origin, dated to some 40,000 years ago (around 38,000 BCE) in Eurasia.

The exact purpose of the Paleolithic cave paintings is not known.


Together with the Abri Castanet Engravings (35,000 BCE) in the Dordogne, the Chauvet Cave Paintings (30,000 BCE) and the Grotte des Deux-Ouvertures in the Ardeche, Pech-Merle and Roucadour Cave (24,000 BCE) in the Lot, Cosquer contains some of the oldest Stone Age art in France.Evidence suggests that they were not merely decorations of living areas since the caves in which they have been found do not have signs of ongoing habitation.They are also often located in areas of caves that are not easily accessible.The Cosquer cave is located in limestone hills around the Calanque de Morgiou (a calanque is Corsican/Occitan for 'steep-walled cove') not far from Marseille.After the Ice Age, the Mediterranean rose The entrance to the cave is located about 120 feet underwater.