The earliest men left marvellous testimony to their presence here in Aquitaine and the region is certainly the richest in France for prehistory.
The most magnificent vestiges of the Palaeolithic era in France, if not in Europe, are concentrated along the Vézère valley in Perigord, also known as the "Valley of Mankind" and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
400,000 years of human presence can be seen at around thirty sites that are as varied as they are close to each other. The Lascaux cave springs to mind first, of course, known as the “Sistine Chapel of Prehistory” for its exceptional polychrome paintings.
Although less famous, the site of La-Roque-Saint-Christophe with its cliff dwellings towering high above the waters of the Vézère, is nonetheless most impressive. And just a few metres from there is Le Moustier, where the bones of a Neanderthal man were discovered…
A fascinating world, especially for children who can choose from a selection of introductory workshops: wall paintings at Le Thot, near Lascaux , but also activities at the Garden of the Lady of Brassempouy, or cutting flints at the cave of Oxocelhaya.
MORE INFO AT :
Eyzies de Tayac-Sireuil
Prehistory National Museum
Troglodytique de la Madeleine Village
Website : www.la-madeleine-perigord.com
Troglodytique de la Roque-Saint-Christophe Cliff