Prehistoric museum of Tautavel
Tautavel Man is the oldest human being found on French soil. Through tableaux, exhibitions and artifacts, the museum describes the life of Tautavel Man and his peers as they lived some 450,000 years ago. He still hadn't learnt to make fire but he was an accomplished hunter and the Caune d'Arago, the cave that he and his clan inhabited for thousands of years, offered shelter, fresh water and safety from wild animals. The various archeological studies undertaken on this extremely important site clearly document climate changes over some 600,000 years.
Grown ups will find the museum fascinating as it helps to fill in the gaps in our knowledge about ancient man; kids will enjoy it because it will introduce them to their ancestors in a friendly and accessible way. Well worth a visit.
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