THE RHINO FRIEZE The cave is known for a long time. A lot of different people visited it. When it was established that the majority of the paintings is dated by the Upper Palaeolithic, there appeared rumours about later, hardly not modern fakes, some hand- stencils in particular. Some people consider several mammoth depictions too "naive" to be ancient. But the most "unlucky" is the frieze with three rhinos. One local landowner claimed he saw them in 1938 but there are also categorical statements from some speleologists who frequently visited the cave at the end of 1940s that two rhinos out of three appeared between September and December 1948, and the third - by Easter 1949. Actually, a specialist sees the stylistic difference between two left rhinos, on one side and the right rhino, on the other. But, of course, it does not speak to forgery. The fact that the speleologists did not see the frieze till the autumn 1948 speaks to nothing. Let us remember the Kapova cave which is known from the XVIII c., and the paintings there were discovered only in 1959. Poor lightening, calcite film and many other circumstances can prevent a nonprofessional from seeing ancient paintings. H. Breuil, discussing the rumours about fakes in the Rouffignac, humorously said that it was not an easy matter to forge Palaeolithic painting and that in those years no one but he could do it.