Cave of Mayrières supérieure

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The Cave of Mayrières supérieure (French: grotte de Mayrières supérieure) is a cave near Bruniquel, Tarn-et-Garonne, France, which contained two prehistoric cave paintings of bison until they were erased during an attempt to remove modern graffiti by members of the Eclaireurs de France, a French scouting association.[1][2] The act earned them the 1992 Ig Nobel Prize in Archaeology.[3]


  1. ^ "French Youths Clean a Cave And Damage Prehistoric Art". New York Times. March 22, 1992. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dans la seule grotte peinte du Tarn-et-Garonne : des victimes d’un excès de zèle, Le Monde; March 24, 1992". Le Monde (in French) ( 30 October 2003. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  3. ^ "The 1992 Ig Nobel Prize Winners". Improbable Research. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 

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Coordinates: 44°2′22″N 1°41′3″E / 44.03944°N 1.68417°E / 44.03944; 1.68417