|Location:||Thonac, 7kms from Montignac.|
FEB to MAR Tues-Sun 10-12:30, 14-17:30.
APR to JUN daily 10-18.
JUL to AUG daily 10-19.
SEP daily 10-18.
OCT daily 10-12:30, 14-18.
NOV to DEC Tues-Sun 10-12:30, 14-17:30.
Adults EUR 6.50, Children (6-12) EUR 4.50, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 5.50, Secondary School Pupils EUR 3.20, Primary School Pupils EUR 2.70.
Combi Ticket with Lascaux II: Adults EUR 12.50, Children (6-12) EUR 8.50, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 9, Secondary School Pupils EUR 7, Primary School Pupils EUR 6.
05-JUL to 22-AUG no group rates.
Tickets sold only at the Mairie (town hall) at Montignac.
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The museum at Thonac is called Le Thot or Espace Cro-Magnon. It is actually a zoo with a reproduction of the less important part of Lascaux cave. This is the side passage of the cave to the right side of the world famousChamber of Bulls. The Chamber of Bulls is reproduced at Lascaux II in a 100% identical reproduction. Le Thot has a symbolic cave passage with patches of the cave wall, reproduced with the paintings and the engravings. As Lascaux II is advertised to contain 96% of the paintings so we guess the reproduction at Le Thot shows most of the other 4%.
The rest of the park provides an insight into the animals that Cro-Magnon man (33,000 to 18,000 BC) knew. Still living animals like deer, Przewaslki horses, and ibex are shown as a sort of ice age zoo. Extinct animals are reproduced in life sized sculptures. Definitely a site for children, popular for school classes.
Until the late 20th century archaeology catalogued the findings and interpreted their production and use on a rather theoretical basis. If there was a flint tool they looked for similarities, for example with modern axes or arrowheads and called them ax or arrowhead. The new idea was to take a piece of flint, try to produce a useful tool, and then use the tool for its possible uses. The result was a revolution in archaeology, as many theoretical assumptions were actually wrong, and many additional uses which were never theorized were found. This park is a kind of open air museum which shows animals which were hunted during the neolithic and still exist today. There are tools, tents, fireplaces and many other aspects of daily life, which were actually recreated using the tools and raw materials which were available then and which were actually found during excavations.