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.
Carbon-14 analysis of the charcoal and other organic materials suggests that the cave was in use from about 15,000 bc to as late as 9000 bc (see dating methods) most of the artwork apparently dates from the earliest part of this period.
Who made these paintings a new technique for dating cave art pushes the earliest works back to at least 41,000 years ago and raises the possibility that neandertals were responsible for some of it. Lascaux cave is renowned for its outstanding prehistoric paintings, strikingly well-preserved over about 18,000 yr while stalagmites and stalactites are almost absent in the cave, there is an extensive calcite flowstone that covered a large part of the cave until its opening for tourists during the 1950s.
Carbon tests show that the paintings in the caves are about 16,000 years old the paintings are predominantly about animals and nature the timeline of the cave of lascaux is rather curious, due to the presence of artworks of many cultures in the cave.
In 1950 lascaux cave was one of the first archaeological sites to use the new - at the time - dating technique of carbon 17, and its artifacts were date more precisely to around 17,000 years bc due to the quantity and the quality of its paintings lascaux is now a reference prehistoric cave listed since 1979 in the unesco's world heritage. The most famous cave paintings, located at lascaux in france and altamira were previously dated to around 25,000 years ago using carbon-14 dating technology the caves investigated by pike and his team contain no organic material and thus cannot be dated by carbon-14.
When pablo picasso visited the newly-discovered lascaux caves, in the dordogne, in 1940, he emerged from them saying of modern art, we have discovered nothing they are obviously very old, but dating them has been difficult because of the small quantities of carbon found on the walls or in the caves. Cave painting of an aurochs, in thehall of the bulls at lascaux, dating from 17,000 bce lascaux cave paintings (c17,000 bce) lascaux cave: a section of the hall of the bulls.