Prehistoric sites and prehistory in the Dordogne

The Dordogne and in particular the Vézère valley (known as the Man's Valley) is world famous for its prehistoric riches.

You can discover deposits, places of life, painted or engraved caves, troglodyte sites, shelters, museums and theme parks.

We have gathered in this section all the tourist places attached to the theme of prehistory.

Rouffignac Cave

The Cave of a Hundred Mammoths

Situated in the commune of Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin in Périgord Noir, the cave of Rouffignac, formerly known as the "Cro de...

Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac

Caves of Cougnac

Caves of cougnac : authentic prehistoric drawings in the middle of concretions

The Cougnac caves site comprises 2 caves 200m apart. The first cave was discovered in 1949, and contains a...

Caves of Cougnac
Payrignac

Roque Saint Christophe

La Roque Saint-Christophe to discover the People of the Cliffs

Halfway between LES EYZIES and MONTIGNAC-LASCAUX, the cliff of the ROQUE SAINT CHRISTOPHE rises steeply from the Vézère. This real wall...

Route de la Préhistoire 2433
Peyzac-le-Moustier

Cap Blanc Shelter

A carved bestiary of the Magdalenian

The shelter of Cap Blanc is located on the commut of Marquay to the east of Les Eyzies, it is a site managed by the National Monuments...

D48
Marquay

The Thot Park

Extend your experience in prehistory

In the Parc du Thot, you will discover Cro-Magnon man and his relationship with the species that lived in his time, which he sometimes painted or...

Thonac

Chateau de Commarque

The Mysteries of the Forgotten Fortress

Château de Commarque: a medieval castrum Overlooking the Beune valley, Château de Commarque was built to protect...

Route du Château de Commarque
Les Eyzies

Caves of the Roc de Cazelle

Prehistory, history and nature in the land of man

Come to discover the Caves of the Roc de Cazelle a seizing prehistoric park where are presented to you the reconstitutions of the life of our...

Route de Sarlat
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Font de Gaume cave

One of the most beautiful Paleolithic sanctuaries in the world

Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1979, Font-de-Gaume is an ornate cave and one of the most beautiful Paleolithic sanctuaries...

Avenue des Grottes 4
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Le Regourdou

The Neanderthal Sanctuary

The extraordinary story of Le Regourdou began in 1954, when Roger Constant, owner of a farm close to the...

Montignac-Lascaux

Combarelles Cave

More than 800 Magdalenian engravings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Cave of the Combarelles, located at the bottom of a valley at the exit of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in the Dordogne, on the road to Sarlat, is a...

Avenue des Grottes 1-4
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Grotto of Villars

Cave adorned with prehistoric and concretions paintings.

The Villars cave is the only cave in the Périgord to contain both original prehistoric paintings and concretions The river...

The Cluzeau
Villars

The Cro-Magnon Shelter

Emblematic place of the discovery of Cro-magnon Man

The Cro-Magnon shelter is the emblematic place of the discovery, giving its name to the first modern man: Cro-Magnon man (synonymous with...

Chemin de Cro Magnon 2
Les Eyzies

Prehistoric Mirror Maze

Surprise Cro Magnon in his incredible mirror maze

Come and surprise Cro Magnon for real! Become explorers and set off on an expedition in search of the last living Cro Magnon! On more...

Allée Paul-Jean Souriau 99
Le Bugue

National Museum of Prehistory

More than 18,000 pieces in a completely new museography

Located in the old castle of Les Eyzies de Taillac since 1911, embedded in the cliff overlooking the village, the National Museum of the...

Museum Street 1
Les Eyzies

Laugerie Basse shelter

Prehistoric site inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List

At the prehistoric shelters of Laugerie Basse, walk under a real habitat occupied by Man since the Magdalenian period, and which...

Les Eyzies

Lascaux 4 International Center of Cave Art

Lascaux International Centre for Cave Art ( lascaux 4 )

The Lascaux Cave facsimile Lascaux 4 houses a replica of the famous Lascaux cave, named after the hill beneath...

Montignac