Salon Noir. Grotte de Niaux. Ariège The Cave of Niaux (French: Grotte de Niaux) is located in Niaux in the Ariège département of south-western France. Like Lascaux it contains many prehistoric paintings of superior quality, in the case of Niaux from the Magdalenian period.
Dotted horses, with hands, from the cave at Pech Merle, France. Some date from the Gravettian culture (some 25,000 years BCE). But some of the paintings and engravings, however, may date from the later Magdalenian era (16,000 years BCE). (Scientists have now proven that the horses then were indeed dappled like this; it was not an artistic liberty. rw)