|Location:||North of Saulges, near Thorine-en-Charnie, département de la Mayenne.|
16-MAR to JUN daily Mon-Sat 14, 14:50, 15:40, 16:30, Sun, Hol 10, 10:45, 11:30, 14, 14:50, 15:40, 16:30, 17:20.
JUL to AUG daily 10, 10:45, 11:30, 14, 14:50, 15:40, 16:30, 17:20, 18:10.
SEP to 14-NOV daily Mon-Sat 14, 14:50, 15:40, 16:30, Sun, Hol 10, 10:45, 11:30, 14, 14:50, 15:40, 16:30, 17:20.
Adults EUR 6, Children (6-15) EUR 4, Students EUR 4.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 4.
Two Caves: Adults EUR 9, Children (6-15) EUR 6, Students EUR 6.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 6.
|Address:||Grottes et Canyon de Saulges, 53270 Thorigné-en-Charnie, Tel: +33-243-905130, Fax: +33-243-905544. E-mail:|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.|
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|Last update:||$Date: 2015/08/30 21:54:56 $|
|1879-1882||tunnel by Arsene Roblot.|
|1931||excavations by Raoul Daniel.|
|1967||Norbert Casteret and a team of cave divers explore the lake.|
|2001||excavation by Stéphan Hinguant.|
The entrance section of the Grotte de Rochefort (Rochefort cave) to the salle des Troglodytes (Hall of the Cave Dwellers) has been known for a very long time. First excavations in the cave took place in 1873. But the owner of the cave started in 1879 to dig a tunnel, by removing sediments from a completely filled passage. In 1882 he reached the end of this passage after 20m, and on 17-APR-1882 he first explored the passages behind. At the age of 70, accompanied by a farm boy, he climbed down a 13m deep shaft on a knotted rope and discovered new chambers and an underground lake. By a strange twist of history, this tunnel was later named Leveille corridor after one of his tennants Couloir Léveillé.
This cave has been excavated for a long time, starting with the excavation of 1873. Those early excavations more or less destoyed the archaeologic wealth of the cave. Some drawings, old black and white photographs, and a few findings spread over various museums are the meager result. The first true scientific excavation was actually started in 2001 by Stéphan Hinguant.
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