The Museum of Tautavel European Center of Prehistory is a complex built around the “Homme de Tautavel”. It presents the history of humanity in Europe since the first Europeans to the gates of history by taking examples from the nearby area of Tautavel.
A little history…
In 1971, the discovery of the “Homme de Tautavel” (-450,000 years) by the teams of the Professor Lumley has generated the will to create a scientific and cultural center. This bold step has triggered a tremendous development of the town of Tautavel and brought him unprecedented fame and appeal. Aged twenty, the “Homme de Tautavel” was 1m60 tall. That Homo heidelbergensis had all the characteristics of the first Europeans: a receding forehead, a ridge above the orbits, prominent cheekbones and a forward jaw. If he had not yet mastered the fire, he proved to be an excellent hunter. Presumably he would have chosen the site of the “Caune de l’Arago” for its location: there he could dominate the valley, his source of water and therefore his preys. The Museum of Prehistory lets you go meet these men and put them in the context of European prehistory. The Museum of Tautavel is as renowned for the richness of his collections as for his cultural and recreational activities that allow visitors throughout the year to capture the lives of their ancestors.
L’été à Tautavel c’est Waouh ! Cet été tu fais quoi pour les vacances… Moi je pars pour un voyage dans le passé en Famille…
Les Ateliers Préhistoriques des Vacances d’Été. En famille, entre amis, les après-midi venez profiter des ateliers, sans supplément au droit d’entrée.
De la Grotte Chauvet, à la Caverne du Pont d’Arc, l’Art des Origines révélé par la 3D… Exposition 2016 au Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel.
La Nuit au Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel 21 mai à partir de 20H. Un voyage en famille dans le passé.
La Corée des Origines, au Musée de Préhistoire, une exposition inédite
Championnat de Tir aux Armes Préhistoriques de Tautavel 16 et 17 avril 2016
The animations are definitely a plus to the museum visit and the exhibition about the early inhabitants of Europe. During school holidays workshops will be offered on-site. These workshops help give life to prehistoric times, and help create an atmosphere quite suitable for an immersion into the world of prehistory.
Festivals of Prehistory
In July and August, the whole village sets itself at the Prehistory hour. The staffs of the Museum and the City Hall, the students, the archaeologists, the researchers from the research center and volunteers from all kinds of backgrounds offer a big celebration to the public of the Museum but also to the many regulars who come year after year in growing numbers.
During these festive days, a very dense program around Prehistory is offered to the public, all the Museum’s workshops are in activity, stone cutting, fire lighting, human evolution, painting and makeup, thruster firing, prehistoric patties, archeological excavation Workshop, in the afternoon, a prehistoric market with minerals and local produces is present on the esplanade Nougaro, a prehistoric meal for over 300 guests is also organized.