The Prehistoric Rock Shelters of Laugerie-Basse
Situated several dozen meters from the Grand Roc Cave, the rock shelters of Laugerie-Basse, a prehistoric site dating from -15 000 and -10 000 Before Present (BP), have served a as reference for prehistorians the world over.
Thanks to the many archaeological discoveries made here, the shelters provide evidence of levels of cultural and artistic activity unrivalled in the region, or even elsewhere in Europe.Read more
Delve into Prehistory with your family! And discover through a 3D film and digital tablets for what and how men have appropriated this place to live since prehistoric times ...Read more
Listed as a World Heritage Site, this site is an exceptional site for the quantity, diversity and quality of some 600 works of art found there. A 3D film explains the formation of this type of shelter, a room presents copies of the most beautiful pieces: engraved bone washer, harpoon, statuette of horse head and the female figurine called "Venus shameless". The visit of the site is done with a digital tablet or a booklet, guided tours in summer.Read more
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“The prehistoric site of Laugerie-Basse has left a distinct mark on prehistoric studies. The site is famous for its artefacts which reflect a world reinvented through the imaginations of the Magdalenian hunters. Nestled at the foot of a majestic cliff, the rock shelters can be explored along a calm trail which the visitor can enjoy in the shade of the cliff, lulled by the sound of birdsong.”
You will be spellbound by your visit to the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage site! At the foot of one of the steepest escarpments of the Vézère Valley, you will discover the place where prehistoric hunters and gatherers lived. Let yourself fall under the spell of the interactive visit and try to solve the mystery of Laugerie Basse.
Prehistoric Shelters of Laugerie Basse
My favourite moment is when I have been leading a Cro-Magnon architectural workshop and the children, proud of the Cro-Magnon tent they have built, ask if they can spend the night in it…”
The site is very interesting and has been a “gold mine” for archaeologists and, consequently, for museums all over the world. The guide was great: passionate and, therefore, inspiring. Thank you again.
A 3D film, tablets for the visit, games and a "treasure hunt": super for the kids. The place was fabulously presented and the explanations were perfect.
The visit was modernised with a really good 3D film and interactive tablets. The strata of successive periods of occupation are very visible and impressive.