All year Tue 14:30.
Booking and tickets at the Grotte de Font-de-Gaume
Adults EUR 3, Children (0-17) free, Reduced EUR 2.50, Students (18-25) from the EU free, Disabled free, Unemployed free.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 2.80.
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
C. Farizy (1988):
Dictionnaire de la Préhistoire, ed A. Leroi-Gourhan.
Presses universitaires de France, Paris 1988
|Address:||Hall d'accueil de Font-de-Gaume, 4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, Tel: +33-553-068600, Fax: +33-553-352618 E-mail:|
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|1895||archaeologic remains discovered by E. Rivière.|
|1896||excavated by Chauvet and Rivière.|
|1896||excavated by Capitan.|
|1897||excavated by Harlé.|
|1898||excavated by Peyrony.|
|1903-1905||excavated by Coutil.|
|1905||excavated by Cartailhac.|
|1906-1907||excavated by Hauser.|
|1929||purchased for the French government by Denis Peyrony.|
|1929-1932||excavated by Peyrony.|
|1956||excavated by Bordes.|
|1979||inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.|
|1983-1996||excavated by Debénath and Rigaud.|
The "abri" La Micoque is actually not a cave, rock shelter or abri, although it is often called an abri. It is simply a resting place at the foot of a cliff, on an elevated terrace above the river. Nevertheless, we included this site as it is an important prehistoric site and type locale for the Micoquien and Tayacien. It was named after a nearby abandoned farm.
After early excavations, which were made rather unorganized and unsystematic, the site was purchased by the French Government. Between 1929 and 1932 the site was systematically excavated by Denis Peyrony, who was commisioned by the government. He made a detailed stratigraphic study and discriminated 15 layers of which six layers contained human remains. Layers four and five contained what Henri Breuil defined as Tayacien.