Chauvet Cave Paintings Gallery Discovered on December 18, 1994, it is considered one of the most significant prehistoric art sites. A study published in 2012 supports placing the art in the Aurignacian period, approximately 30,000–32,000 years ago.
Chauvet Cave paintings discovered 1994 Paleolithic 40,000-10,000 BCE Google Image Result for http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Vk5mK4qKV6w/TdsLPLkuYYI/AAAAAAAABFY/ejmM_oXBxZc/s640/634x375chauvet-cave-rhino-painting_2351.jpg
The Grotte de Rouffignac is home to over a hundred engravings and line-drawings of mammoths. ... The images date back to ... about 13000 years BP. The cave is over eight kilometers long. ... There are over 250 images in total and 158 of these are mammoths. ... Representations of mammoths are quite rare in prehistoric art." ("Mammoth bones are rarely found in south-west France.") Other drawings include "horses, bison and ibex and even a rhinoceros." - photo from northofthedordogne
Niaux Cave has been visited since the 17th century - as shown by the graffiti, dated as early as 1602. The curiosity continued in to Victorian times when considerable plundering of its stalagmites took place. It was not until 1906, once the cave paintings in the main chamber of the cave - Salon Noir - were acknowledged as prehistoric. Now, through radiocarbon dating of the charcoal, we know the rock art is at least 14,000 years old.