Grotte d'Ebbou

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Location: At Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in the Ardèche region. A7, exit Montélimar or Bollène, up the Ardeche valley to Vallon-Pont d'Arc. 45 km from Montélimar.
Open: closed to the public
Fee: n/a
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave ArchaeologyPainted Cave
Light: none
Guided tours: n/a
Bibliography: L. Chabredier (1992): La grotte d'Ebbou et ses gravures paléolithiques, Ardèche archéologie, n°9, 1992, p. 1-16
J. Combier (1991): L'art des hommes de Cro-Magnon, Les Dossiers d'archéologie, n°161, 1991, p. 12-25
A. Glory (1947): Les gravures préhistoriques de la grotte d'Ebbou à Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, La Nature, n°3142, 1947, p. 257-262
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1873 engravings first mentioned by Jules Ollier de Marichard.
1946 rediscovered by A. Glory.
1964 to 1966 engraving reproduced by a plexiglass framework without contact to the wall by L Chabredier.


The Grotte d'Ebbou is the secondmost important cave in the Ardeche region, after the CaveGrotte Chauvet. Like this cave it is famous for prehistoric paintings and especially engravings in the wall, there are 70 engravings dating to the end of the Solutrean. And also like Chauvet it is not accessible to the public.

Grotte d'Ebbou is mentioned several times in the nearby Exposition Grotte Chauvet. So, although there is no exhibition especially on this cave, there is pretty much on this cave to see. And there are numerous publications about the cave, unfortunately most of them in French.