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Le Regourdou

The Neanderthal Sanctuary

Welcome to Regourdou

The extraordinary story of Regourdou began in 1954 when Roger Constant owner of a farm near the Lascaux cave, undertakes excavations on his land.

He hopes to find the cave's original entrance. He digs at night after his work as a farmer.
After 3 years, on the night of September 22nd to 23rd 1957, Roger Constant made an exceptional discovery. He uncovered a Mousterian deposit revealing the burial site of a Neanderthal.  The 80- to 90,000-year-old skeleton is the most complete and best-preserved in the world. for this Middle Paleolithic period.
From then on, archaeological excavation campaigns followed one another... Archaeologists discovered a converted tomb in which lay a Neanderthal and the skeleton of a brown bear. The site was listed as a historic monument in 1959.
But the story doesn't end there...Roger Constant continues his excavations a few meters away and uncovers a chasm where he discovers marine fossils and an important ochre deposit.

All these discoveries make Le Regourdou an exceptional site, contributing to a better understanding of Neanderthal man and his way of life.

In 1988, to commemorate the presence of bears at Moustérien, Roger Constant decided to build a large park and reintroduce the brown bear. Today, you can admire four magnificent bears - Charly, Noisette, Cassy and Mishka - evolving in a natural environment.

Roger Constant died in 2002 at the age of 81, having devoted his life to the Regourdou. Today, his niece Michèle CONSTANT welcomes you and offers you an exceptional guided tour of this unique place.

Le Regourdou is open from February to November, so you can come and admire its chasm, its deposit, its living bear park, and its farm transformed into a museum.

Also on the Regourdou site, the bears' restaurant will welcome you from Easter to All Saints' Day for on-site lunch. all the info here.
You can also take advantage of the picnic area just opposite Regourdou.

Events 2023

Many events and activities, such as bear feeding, punctuate life at Regourdou. We invite you to consult our agenda

The Regourdou Neanderthal site hosts a free show for the general public.
Saturday, July 29 from 12pm in partnership with the festival
"Cultures aux coeurs" at Montignac-Lascaux,
the restaurant de l'Ours honors the Ivory Coast.

We welcome the Compagnie Art et Culture d'Abidjan..:
The meal will be entertained by some fifteen young artists with a talent for dancing, singing and percussion. The Zaouli, a traditional dance of the Gouro people now classified by UNESCO, will be in the spotlight.

Ivory Coast menu:

Mignardise :

Alloco :

"L'alloco" means "sweet, ripe banana".

These are plantains fried in oil.


Bassamoise salad :

Its name comes from the town of Bassam on the Ivorian coast.

Based on "Attiéké" (cassava couscous), this salad features tuna, tomatoes, cucumber, lemon and fresh herbs.

Dish :


This dish originates from the Baoulé people, an ethnic group in Côte d'Ivoire.

Traditional Kédjénou is cooked in a clay pot called a "canaris".

Food is stewed, covered hermetically with banana leaves.

Kédjénou means "to shake inside".

Dessert :

Disguised :

This dessert has been eaten in West Africa for several decades.

Its name varies from country to country. In Côte d'Ivoire, it's called dégué.

This frozen dessert made with millet, yoghurt and vanilla is very popular in this country.
It will be served with coconut fritters.

Pricing details

40-minute guided tour, access to the museum and bear park.

Individual :
Adults: €7.50
Children: €4.50 (6 to 12 years)
Entertainment: €4.50
Groups (from 15pers.) :
Adult : 6€50 / pers
Children: €3.50 / pers

Dates and times

2024 season SCHEDULES

  • February 11 to April 6: 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • April 7 to July 6: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • July 7 to August 31: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • September 1 to September 30: 11 am to 6 pm
  • October 1 to October 19: 1:30 pm to 6 pm.
  • October 20 to November 3: 11 am to 6 pm.
  • November 6 to November 17: 1:30 pm to 6 pm. 

    Last tour departure one hour before site closes.
    Annual closure: December and January

Spoken languages

Halloween entertainment at Regourdou 2023

Halloween entertainment at Regourdou 2023

The Régourdou Neanderthal site at Montignac-Lascaux is organizing a special Halloween treasure hunt for children throughout the All Saints' Day vacations.
This year, Le Regourdou plunges you into the extraordinary world of Harry Potter.
Spells, fantastic creatures and magic await you on your guided tour!
Wizards, witches and muggles alike, come and take the 9 ¾ lane equipped with your wands to solve the secret riddle that Harry, has hidden for you on the site.

Easter special

egg hunt 2023

egg hunt 2023

On March 31 and April 1, from 11am to 6pm, the Regourdou site welcomes the Easter Bunny.
Egg hunt organized during the visit and surprises await you...
Don't forget your basket.


  • Adults: €7.5
  • Children: €4.5 (6 to 12 years)



Le regourdou 24290 Montignac


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