Science: The Valley of Marvels

For centuries, the only visitors to the snowbound "Valley of Marvels," high in the Alps of Southeastern France, were shepherds and mountain climbers who risked the punishing 6,000-ft. trek from the village of St.-Dalmas-de-Tende, 30 miles northeast of Nice. The travelers all brought back tales of mysterious rock carvings, but no one could explain their origin. Were the ancient artists some Carthaginians who once lived in the region? Were they prehistoric men? Now, as a result of on-site study by a French archaeologist, the secrets of the carvings are beginning to come clear....

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