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Mas D'Azil cave

Ariège (France)


Natural Environment:

The cave is located in Plantaurel Hills. The River Arize flows through it, and also the department road, which gives it a very special character.

Regional Archaeological Context:

Mas d'Azil is about ten kilometres from the Volp caves (Enlène, Les Trois Frères and Tuc d'Audoubert), which are very similar in their content.

Archaeological evidence at the site:

The cave has yielded important lithic and bone collections, corresponding to several occupations in the Magdalenian and Azilian periods, as well as a large number of portable art objects. The cave has passages with paintings and engravings, but these cannot be visited.

Short Description:


There is no access to the areas of the cave with rock art, but the cave can be visited and the sites of prehistoric occupation can be viewed.

Age:

Most of the evidence can be dated in the Magdalenian. A less important part belongs to the Azilian and a few rare objects correspond to the Aurignacian period.


Type of Site: Rock-Shelters
Adress: Village 09400 Le Mas d’Azil
Telephone: + 33 05 61 69 97 71

State/Region: France
Province: Midi Pyrénées
Municipality: Ariège
Town: Le Mas d'Azil
Location: Vallée de l'Arize


Opening Times:

  • March: Sunday from 14.00 to 18.00.
  • April 1 – June 30: Weekdays: 14.00 – 18.00.
  • Sunday and public holidays: 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 18.00.
  • July 1 – September 30: 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 18.00.
  • October and November: Sunday and public holidays.

Duration of guided visits:

  • 1 hour.

Booking and access:

  • Advance booking is only necessary for groups.

Prices:

  • Adults: 6.10 €.
  • Children: 3.10 €.

Visitors’ Centre:

The Prehistory Museum is 800m from the cave, in the village. It contains a collection of beautiful Magdalenian and Azilian objects, particularly the famous spear-thrower known as the “fawn with birds”.

The Visitors' Centre has information about bears and their connection with Prehistory.


Nearby cultural destinations:

Palais des Evêques de St Lizier (24 km). 
Château de Foix (30 km).

Nearby natural destinations:

Labouiche Underground River (30 km).

Accommodation near the site:


Les jardins de Cadettou
Faubourg St Ferréal
09290 LE MAS D’AZIL
Tel: 05 61 69 95 23

Hôtel Eychenne
8 avenue Paul Laffont
09200 St Girons
Tel: 05 61 04 04 50
Fax: 05 61 96 07 20 
www.ariège.com/hotel-eychenne

La flamme rouge
15-19 avenue Galieni
09200 St Girons 
Tel: 05 61 66 12 77
Fax: 05 61 04 81 59

Restaurants near the site:


Les jardins de Cadettou 
Faubourg St Ferréal 
09290 Le Mas d’Azil
Tel: 05 61 69 95 23

Hôtel Restaurant Gardel 
Champ de Mars
Tel: 05 61 69 90 05

Pizzeria du Mas 
Tel: 05 61 69 72 72


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