Lay for the Day 12th September
1940: while they are out exploring in the woods, four teenage boys from the village of Montignac, in the Dordogne region of France, come across the entrance to a cave. Even this simple story is already scribbled across with conflicting versions the traditional one is that Robot, the dog belonging to one of the boys, had disappeared down a hole among the roots of an oak tree. A quick look showed that the entrance was something more than a foxhole, and the boys went home and returned next morning with a rope and a lantern. Other accounts claim that the boys had known about the cave for some time, that Robot the dog had nothing to do with its discovery, and so on. What is indisputable is that once they got inside with their light, they discovered within the hill of Lascaux the most spectacular collection of Stone Age art in the world. Great expanses of the walls of the cavern were decorated with paintings that appeared to be as vivid as the days when they were first made, more than 17,000 years ago.
This is the middle section of a sequence the first part of which appears on 19th December, and the last on 7th August.
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