French prehistoric cave in Marseille to open new exhibit


A permanent virtual exhibition of one of France’s most famous prehistoric sites, the underwater Coscar Cave, is set to open its doors as concerns grow that it could completely submerge as a result of rising tides driven by climate change.

Until Saturday, visitors to the port city of Marseille will be able to see the Coscar Mediterranean, a replica of the more than 30,000-year-old site. Visual and audio “experiences” include copies of the prehistoric paintings that made the cave internationally famous.

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Cosker Cave exhibit in France along the Marseille coastline (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

The Cosker Cave was discovered in 1985 by diver Henri Cosker in deep water off the coast of Marseille.

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Years in the making, the exhibition offers people the chance to explore the cave of which only 20% is dry and accessible. Officials say the remaining dry areas of the cave are at risk of flooding due to the effects of climate change.

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