When Chauvet Cave artists created its artwork, the Pont d’Arc was already there

(CNRS) The Chauvet Cave, which lies by the entrance to the Gorges of the Ardèche, is home to the world’s oldest cave paintings, dating back 36,000 years. The location of the cavern–surrounded by a remarkable landscape, next to the Pont d’Arc natural archway–raises the question of whether the people who executed these artworks looked and walked out upon the same landscape as today. Did they see the same natural archway?