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On This Day… The Real-life Goonies And Their Treasure

Written by: George Chittenden : 03 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 12th Sept, back in 1940 when four teenagers and a dog set off on an adventure and discovered a 17,000-year-old treasure! The boys were interested in an old legend about a tunnel running under the Vezere River linking the old Castel of Montignac to the Manor of Lascaux near where they lived. They were hoping that they would discover a treasure hidden deep in the woods of Montignac, and they did just that, but the treasure they found wasn’t gold or silver.

As they explored the woodland that day their dog Robot was the first to discover a mysterious looking hole and the boys decided to explore. Bravely they took turns sliding through the hole into the unknown. The hole led down into an underground cavern and when they used their oil lanterns to look around at the caverns walls they became mesmerized by what they saw.

The four boys and their dog Robot had just discovered nearly six-hundred prehistoric cave paintings, which brought a new era in our knowledge of both prehistoric art and human origins. Amazingly they managed to climb out of the cave and keep their find to themselves that fateful day, but after a few days the boys could not keep their amazing secret any longer.

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