Why is the Chauvet cave 2 so unique?

The creation of the Chauvet cave 2 is a cultural, scientific, and technological project whose design and size are unique (covering 3,000 m² of ground and 8,180 m² of geological facies – ground + walls + ceilings). All the paintings and etchings, and the major geological and archaeological components (such as bones, hearths, prints) of the cavity that is part of the application for being listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site are reproduced on a scale of 1:1.

Le décor de La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc est réalisé par les entreprises Freyssinet-Cofex-AAB et coordonné par SOCRA-Campenon Bernard - @ La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc

The companies Freyssinet-Cofex-AAB are decorating the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc and SOCRA-Campenon Bernard is coordinating this – ©SMERGC

The ambition and the challenge to tackle is to create a real cave with all the features of the underground environment: freshness, humidity, darkness, and so forth.

All the steps in the creation are approved by the prehistorians Jean Clottes, Jean-Michel Geneste, and Jean-Jacques Delannoy. They are part of the scientific team which has been studying the cave since 1998.

Vue aérienne du chantier de La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc - 7 avril 2014 - @ Stéphane COMPOINT - Résolute

Aerial view of the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc construction site – 7 April 2014 – © Stéphane COMPOINT – Résolute