Abri Reverdit

Site préhistorique de Castel-Merle

Useful Information

Location: Sergeac.
Open: Easter to JUN Mon-Fri 10-19, Sat, Sun 14-19.
JUL to AUG daily 10-19.
SEP Mon-Fri 10-19, Sat, Sun 14-19.
Fee: Groups (15+): Adults EUR 4.50, Children (7-18) EUR 4, Children (0-6) not allowed, Students EUR 4.50.
Classification:  Karst cave.
Light: bring torch
Guided tours: self guided. guded: D=90min.
Address: Site préhistorique de Castel-Merle, Castel-Merle, 24290 Sergeac, Tel: +33-553-507970, Fax: +33-553-507479.
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1875discovered by Alain Reverdit.
1878first excavation by Alain Reverdit.
1879second excavation by Alain Reverdit and M. Hardy.
1909excavation by M. Castanet.
1910excavation by L. Didon and Denis Peyrony.
1911-1914 excavation by F. Delage.
1923sculptures in the ceiling discovered by M. Castanet.
05-JUL-1924declared a Monument historique.
1935sculptures first published.


The Abri Reverdit is located on the left side of the Vallon de Castelmerle, about 200m from the Vézère. It was named after Alain Reverdit, who discovered the archaeologic importance of the rock shelter in 1875. At this time it was used as a barn.

After numerous excavations during 50 years, the sculptures in the ceiling were finally discovered by M. Castanet in 1923. They were drawn by abbé Henri Breuil in the same year, but the scientific publication by F. Delage took many years and was published in 1935.

The abri is 15m long, 5m deep and about 3m high. A series of figures, made in relief, are located on the right side, forming a horizontal frieze. There are figures like the head of a wild horse, a full horse, a wisent and two incomplete wisents. The reliefs are unfortunately partly destroyed by erosion. On the left side of the abri numerous fire places were discovered in the debris.

The Vallon des Roches aka Vallon de Castelmerle is a small side valley on the left side of the Vézère, 600m west of Sergeac. it is also known as Site Prehistorique de Castelmerle (also Castel-Merle). There are ten abris or rock shelters and this was except for Les Eyzies the spot with the highest population during the late Palaeolithic. The ten abris are: