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Bédeilhac cave

Ariège (France)


Natural Environment:

The site is part of the cave system in Sédour Hill.

Regional Archaeological Context:

Bédeilhac Cave is one of the sites in the Tarascon river basin with rock art and Magdalenian deposits.

Archaeological evidence at the site:

The cave contains Magdalenian deposits as well as the paintings, engravings and sculptures. Some of the most interesting features at the site are the engravings of animals on the floor. The cave contains some very large chambers and a huge entrance hall.

Short Description:


Bédeilhac Cave contains paintings of bovines and hands, engravings of bison and reindeer on the walls, engravings of horses and bison on the floor and sculptures of bison and of vulvas.

Age:

From the middle Magdalenian to the late Magdalenian.


Type of Site: Rock-Shelters
Adress: Village 09400 Bedeilhac
Telephone: 05 61 05 95 06
Website: www.grotte-de-bedeilhac.org
E-mail: contact@grotte-de-bedeilhac.org

State/Region: France
Province: Midi Pyrénées
Municipality: Ariège
Town: Bédeilhac
Location: Haute Ariège


Opening Times:

  • All year. April to June and September: two visits at 14.15 and 17.00.
  • Sundays also at 15.15.
  • July and August: from 10.00 to 17.30.
  • October to April: Sundays at 15.00.
  • Duration of guided visits: 1 hour 15 minutes.

Booking and access:

  • Advance booking is not necessary in summer.
  • However, in winter visits should be booked in advance.

Prices:

  • Adults: 9.00 €.
  • Children: 5.00 €.

Visitors’ Centre:

Information boards about the cave.


Nearby cultural destinations:

Parc de la préhistoire (7 km). 
Château de Foix (22 km). 
Grotte de Niaux (2 km).

Nearby natural destinations:

Roche Ronde climbing rock (3km).

Accommodation near the site:


Hostellerie de la Poste
16 avenue Victor Pilhes
09400 TARASCON
Tel: 05 61 05 60 41
Fax: 05 61 05 70 59

Hôtel Confort
3 quai Armand Sylvestre
09400 TARASCON 
Tel: 05 61 05 61 90
www.hotelconfort.fr

Domaine Fournié
Route de Saurat. 
09400 TARASCON. 
Tel: 05 61 05 54 52
Fax: 05 61 02 73 63 
www.ariege.com/domaine-fournie

Hôtel Villa des roses
8 rue des Thermes. 
09400 USSAT LES BAINS 
Tel: 05 61 05 63 39
Fax: 05 61 05 19 87

Restaurants near the site:


Le Bouquetin 
Le Parc de la Prehistoire
09400 TARASCON SUR ARIÈGE
Tel: 05 61 05 10 10 
www.sesta.fr

La table de la ramade 
Rue des écoles. 
09400 RABAT LES TROIS SEIGNEURS
Tel: 05 61 64 94 32

Le Bellevue
7 place Jean Jaurès
09400 TARASCON 
Tel: 05 61 05 52 06 
Fax: 05 61 05 39 63

La Mandoline
2 avenue Sabart
09400 TARASCON 
Tel: 05 61 05 15 75


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2010-2020 PREHISTORIC ROCK ART TRAIL CELEBRATES ITS 10th ANNIVERSARY

2010-2020 PREHISTORIC ROCK ART TRAIL CELEBRATES ITS 10th ANNIVERSARY

11th May 2010 the Council of Europe granted the Mention European Cultural Route to the PRAT-CARP network.