Grotte de Foissac


Useful Information

Location: 1.5km south of Foissac.
Open: Tours every 20 to 30 mins.
[2011]
Fee: Adults EUR 7.90, Children (3-18) EUR 5.90, Children (0-3) free, Students EUR , Family (2+2) EUR .
Groups (+): Adults EUR , Children (3-18) EUR .
[2011]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=7,000m, T=12°C.
Guided tours: D=60min.
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Address: Grotte préhistorique de Foissac, 13 rue Sanière, 12260 Capdenac, Tel: +33-565-647704, Fax: +33-565-808728. E-mail: contact
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History

1965 discovered.
1973 opened to the public.
1980 archaeologic excavations.

Description

The Grotte de Foissac is located between the Aveyron Gorges and the Lot valley. It is part of a 7km long cave system which drains this karst plateau. Numerous rivers sink in this area into the cave system and reappear in the Lot valley.

The cave has an enormous amount of archaeologic remains. Human footprints, clay quarries, graves, fireplaces, and potteries were human uses based on the abundant clay deposits. But also tools and jewelleries were found. Also several animals have been found, like the skeletton of a lion which was untouched and the bones remained in anatomic connection. The cave was scientifically examined between 1978 and 1988. As many remains were under water, the cave river had to be rerouted. The water was either pumped out or rerouted through a pipe.

The cave site includes also an archaeologic museum and a so-called prehistorical park. Both are included in the entrance fee and are visited self guided.