In a first for Africa, European history meets African history at an unprecedented exhibition celebrating the rock art of two continents. The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg, in collaboration with the French embassy in Pretoria and the French Institute of SA, is bringing a replica of the famous Lascaux cave and its paintings to SA. "We’re all African," said French ambassador Christophe Farnaud at the announcement of the exhibition in Johannesburg. The Palaeolithic cave paintings, found in 1940 in the Lascaux caves near the village of Montignac in Dordogne, southwestern France, are 17,000 years old and are mostly of large animals native to the region at the time. They are regarded as masterpieces because of their outstanding quality and sophistication. The replica coming to SA is an exact reproduction of more than 2,000 figures painted on the walls of the caves. They will go on show at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in May, alongside prehistoric South African rock art, offeri...

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