Prehistoric sites of the Vézère Valley

The decorated caves and the prehistoric sites of the Dordogne are exceptional sites making up a more than 400,000-year-old testimony of the human occupation of Périgord. Amongst the Vézère Valley’s sites, the site of La Micoque is where the most ancient traces of human occupation in the region were found.

The Moustier series, eponym of the culture of Neanderthal Man, covers a period stretching from 55,000 to 42,000 years B.C.


The excavations of the La Ferrassie site (around 40,000-25,000 B.C.) yielded Neanderthal tombs as well as a beautiful example of engraved blocks that constitute the first signs of prehistoric art.


The archeological site of Laugerie-Haute (24,000 – 14,000 BC) is one of the largest classical sites of the Upper Palaeolithic. It delivered bone tools, art objects and an abundant series of carved flint.

 

The decorated caves and shelters:

 

Located in the Valley of the Gorge d’Enfer, the Shelter of the Fish contains one of the first examples of prehistoric relief sculpture (around 25,000 B.C.): a life-sized salmon.

The Cap Blanc Shelter displays one of the most beautiful Magdalenian prehistoric sculpted friezes.

Famous for its polychrome paintings, the Font-de-Gaume Cave contains more than 200 animal figures and numerous signs (around 14,000 B.C.)

Located nearby, the Combarelles Cave, with more than 800 instances of cave art, the majority being engravings, is considered to be the other major sanctuary of Magdalenian (around 13,000 B.C.).

 

To learn more about these sites


The decorated caves and the prehistoric sites of Dordogne are exceptional sites making up the more than 300,000-year-old testimony of the human occupation of Périgord.


http://eyzies.monuments-nationaux.fr

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Useful Information


Guided visits in English every Monday:

10:00 a.m. Laugerie-Haute

11:30 a.m. Shelter of the Fish

2:30 p.m. La Ferrassie


Tariffs*


Font-de-Gaume Cave, Combarelles Cave, Cap-Blanc Shelter:

Full price: €7.50

Reduced price: €4.50

Adult Groups: €5.50 for a minimum of 20 people

Free Entrance:

  • Children under 18 (with their family)
  • 18-25 year-olds (citizens of the EU or residents of the French territory)
  • Handicapped people and their chaperones
  • Unemployed people


Laugerie-Haute Shelter, the Shelter of the Fish, the Le Moustier Shelter, the La Ferrassie Site, the La Micoque Site:

Full price: €3

Reduced rate: €2.50

Adult Groups: €2,80 for a minimum of 20 people

Free Entrance:

  • Children under 18 (with their family)
  • 18-25 year-olds (citizens of the EU or residents of the French territory)
  • Handicapped people and their chaperones, Unemployed people.

 

 

Phone number: 33 (0)5 53 06 86 00
Fax: 33 (0)5 53 35 26 18