Roc de Sers
Sers, Charente
The prehistoric site of Roc de Sers, has yielded the oldest known carved frieze to date. Leon Henri-Martin led the most important archaeological excavations between 1909 and 1929. The site yielded several habitations under shelters and thousands of flint tools from the Upper Solutrean (notch tips and bay leaves) and limestone plates with engravings of animals. The main interest is the discovery of a series of limestone blocks belonging to a carved frieze of parietal ten metres long. Originals are stored in the National Museum of Archaeology. Horses, bison, ibex, deer and birds, but also two schematic human figures and painted signs (points), make up this exceptional ensemble.

Practical guide

Interpretation Center of Roc-aux-Sorciers (Vienne)

2 route des Certeaux
86260 Angles-sur-l'Anglin
Getting there

Tél. : 05 49 83 37 27
Information for visitors : www.roc-aux-sorciers.com

La Chaire-à-Calvin (Charente)

16440 Mouthiers-sur-Boëme
Getting there - A 15 km south of Angoulême

Regional Council - Heritage Department
Tél. : 05 16 09 74 32

Information for visitors : website of the Charente Regional Council

Cap Blanc Shelter (Dordogne)

24620 Marquay
Getting there - A 6,5 km from Eyzies-de-Tayac, on the right bank of the Grande Beune Valley

Information for visitors on the Centre des monuments nationaux website: eyzies.monuments-nationaux.fr

Abri Reverdit - Castel Merle (Dordogne)

Prehistoric site of Castel Merle
24290 Sergeac

Getting there - The Reverdit Shelter is part of the prehistoric site of Castel Merle at Sergeac. It is open every day starting on 22 April from 10am to 6pm. Closed Saturdays. The site is open all year round for group visits (by reservation) +33 5 53 42 30 09

information for visitors : www.castel-merle.com
 

SCULPTED SHELTERS IN MUSEUMS

National Archaeological Museum - Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Château - Place Charles de Gaulle
78105 Saint-Germain-en-Laye cedex
01.39.10.13.00

www.musee-archeologienationale.fr

National Museum of Preshistory, Eyzies-de-Tayac

1, rue du musée
24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

05.53.06.45.45

www.musee-prehistoire-eyzies.fr

Musée d'Aquitaine of Bordeaux

20 cours Pasteur
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 01 51 00

www.musee-aquitaine-bordeaux.fr

Musée of Angoulême

1 rue de Friedland
16000 Angoulême
05 45 95 79 88

www.angouleme.fr/museeba