Tourists Are So Bad That They Built A Copy of a Famous Cave In France For Them
by Ashley Dreiling
Tourists who want to see France’s Chauvet cave, filled with some of the oldest and best-preserved cave art in the world, will have to view a near-exact replica site instead. This faux cave brings up some intriguing questions, such as, is viewing a replica enough and how much does originality matter?
Banning the public from the real site came from lessons learned after Lascaux, a cave near Chauvet discovered in 1940 and opened as a tourist attraction. Tom Scott explains what happened there and the debate about authenticity in tourism.