Why Werner Herzog Is Awe-Struck

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Horse Panel (overview). Water flow traces on the ground. Pont d'Arc cave (copy of the Chauvet Cave). Claude Valette (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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Renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog was awe-struck when he saw the Chauvet cave paintings dating back 32,000 years. "You can see clearly that this is the beginning of modern man," he says. "They are cultural memories passed on to us and there's a sense of time that is staggering."