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Cro-Magnon rock shelter

Cave and archaeological site in France / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cro-Magnon (/krˈmænjən/ (listen), US: /-ˈmæɡnən/; French: Abri de Cro-Magnon French pronunciation: [kʁomaɲɔ̃])[note 1][2][3] is an Aurignacian (Upper Paleolithic) site, located in a rock shelter at Les Eyzies, a hamlet in the commune of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Dordogne, southwestern France.[4]

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Cro-Magnon rock shelter
Abri de Cro-Magnon
Cro-Magnon rock shelter; a commemorative marble plaque to the right of the image's center-top reads, "Abri de Cro-Magnon: ici furent découverts en 1868 les hommes de Cro-Magnon par François Berthoumeyrou" ("Shelter of Cro-Magnon: Here in 1868 Cro-Magnon men were discovered by François Berthoumeyrou")
Location within France
LocationLes Eyzies, Dordogne
Coordinates44°56′25″N 01°00′35″E
Altitude73.0 m (240 ft)[1]
TypeRock shelter
Part ofEuropean early modern human sites
MaterialHuman remains, animal bones, flint tools
Founded~27,680 ± 270 BP
Associated withCro-Magnons
Site notes
Excavation dates1868+
ArchaeologistsLouis Lartet
Public accessYes
WebsiteOfficial website
Criteriai, iii
Designated1979 (3rd session)
Part ofPrehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley
Reference no.85

Most notably, it is the site of the discovery of anatomically modern human remains, apparently buried at the site, dated to about 28,000 years ago.[5] Because of its archeological importance, Abri de Cro-Magnon was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley site.[6]