“Font de Gaume” Cave

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​Situated​ ​at Les Eyzies de Tayac, the cave of Font de Gaume is one of the most beautiful​ Paleolithic sanctuaries of the world, the only one with polychromatic paintings which is still open to the public. It is accessible via a 400m long pathway which follows a ledge overhanging the dry valley below. It consists of a central gallery of 120m long with three side galleries leading off. It is home to over 200 painted or engraved pictures of bisons, horses, mammouths, reindeer and human figures etc painted on friezes or even in scenes. By stylistic comparison, these artistic testimonies are generally connected with the Magdalenian period (about 15000 BC)
For conservation reasons, the number of places is limited to 80 per day. Tickets are on sale on site for each day. Reservation is not possible.
Before visiting us, discover the cave on 3D on the web site:

Font de Gaume: http://font-de-gaume.monuments-nationaux.fr/ 

Prehistory in Perigord Black

The Black Périgord is home to more than 60 prehistoric sites many of which are registered UNESCO sites, including a number of the decorated caves in the Vézère valley where homo sapien man took refuge. Many have been restored and you can learn in a more light-hearted fashion about the dawn of humanity.

Another of the Périgord Noir’s world famous sights is the renowned prehistoric cave at Lascaux, near Montignac, nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of the Prehistory. Today, the original being no longer open to the public, the site of Lascaux II is home to an exact replica of the original paintings created by our ancestors.

A concentration of celebrated sites is found at Les Eyzies de Tayac, where the town and many surrounding villages are rich in prehistoric treasures: paintings in the caves of Font de Gaume , Bara-Bahauor the etchings of Combarelles, of l’Abri de Poisson, or also of thecave of Rouffignac St Cernin

At the heart of this historic region,, the National Prehistoric Museum  reflects an ongoing archeological expansion. Re opened in 2004, this museum has the largest Palaeolithic collection in France.

To find out more : www.pole-prehistoire.com