Grotte de la Chaise

Useful Information

Location: West of Montbron, follow D108 or D699 to Vouthon for 5km. The caves are located below castle La Chaise.
Open: JUL to AUG after appointment.
Fee: Adults EUR 3, Children (0-12) free.
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:  
Bibliography: Paulette Bouchud, Jean Bouchud (1953): La petite faune de la grotte de La Chaise (Charente)
François Bordes (1952): Les industries moustériennes de la grotte de la Chaise (Charente). Premiers résultats et diagnose provisoire. Bulletin de la Société préhistorique de France. 1952, tome 49, N. 10. pp. 528-531.
Address: Grotte de La Chaise, M. André Debenath, 16220 Vouthon.
Office de Tourisme de Montbron, Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 16220 Montbron, Tel: +33-545-236009. E-mail: contact
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1850 first excavations by Fermond and the priests Bourgeois and Delaunay.
1930-1961 systematic excavations by P. David.
1967 start of excavations by André Debénath.


The Grotte de la Chaise (cave of la Chaise) is name after the homonymous hamlet, which belongs to the village Montbron. This cave has been used for the last 100.000 years and excavations revealed thousands of remains of our anchestors. This includes numerous findings of the Neandethal man who lived here until about 35.000 BP. Other important periods which are documented here by many remains are the Solutrean and Magdalenian.

The cave is not just an abri, there are three huge portals with spacious entrance halls which are connected at the rear. The biggest entrance is 12m wide and 25m deep.

Visits to the cave are guided by the prehistorian André Debenath. They are organized by the office de tourisme de Montbron and must be booked there. A good staring point is the museum Centre d'Initiation à la Préhistoire in Montbron, who organize visits to the cave.