La Micoque

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Open: All year Tue 14:30.
Booking and tickets at the ShowcaveGrotte de Font-de-Gaume
Fee: Adults EUR 3, Children (0-17) free, Reduced EUR 2.50, Students (18-25) from the EU free, Disabled free, Unemployed free.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 2.80.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Bibliography: C. Farizy (1988): La Micoque, Dictionnaire de la Préhistoire, ed A. Leroi-Gourhan. Presses universitaires de France, Paris 1988
Address: Hall d'accueil de Font-de-Gaume, 4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, Tel: +33-553-068600, Fax: +33-553-352618 E-mail: contact
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1895 archaeologic remains discovered by E. Rivière.
1896 excavated by Chauvet and Rivière.
1896 excavated by Capitan.
1897 excavated by Harlé.
1898 excavated by Peyrony.
1903-1905 excavated by Coutil.
1905 excavated by Cartailhac.
1906-1907 excavated by Hauser.
1929 purchased for the French government by Denis Peyrony.
1929-1932 excavated by Peyrony.
1956 excavated by Bordes.
1979 inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
1983-1996 excavated by Debénath and Rigaud.


The "abri" La Micoque is actually not a cave, rock shelter or abri, although it is often called an abri. It is simply a resting place at the foot of a cliff, on an elevated terrace above the river. Nevertheless, we included this site as it is an important prehistoric site and type locale for the Micoquien and Tayacien. It was named after a nearby abandoned farm.

After early excavations, which were made rather unorganized and unsystematic, the site was purchased by the French Government. Between 1929 and 1932 the site was systematically excavated by Denis Peyrony, who was commisioned by the government. He made a detailed stratigraphic study and discriminated 15 layers of which six layers contained human remains. Layers four and five contained what Henri Breuil defined as Tayacien.