Tautavel Museum of Prehistory
A family trip in the past
The Prehistoric Museum of Tautavel
European Center of Prehistory
In 1971, the discovery of the Man of Tautavel (-450 000 years) by the teams of Professor de Lumley sparked the desire to create a scientific and cultural pole. This bold bet triggered a tremendous development of the municipality and brought him an unprecedented reputation and attractiveness. Twenty years old, the Tautavel man was 1m60 tall. He is a homo Heidelbergensis with all the characteristics of the first Europeans: a fleeing front, a bead above the orbits, prominent cheekbones and an advanced jaw.
The collection of human bones, the treasure of the archaeological site…
With 150 human remains discovered, including in 2018 a milk tooth dating from 560 000 to 580 000 years, the Caune de l’Arago in Tautavel is a major site of prehistory worldwide. This is the site where we have the oldest human remains discovered in France.
Museum tours Exceptional collections
Activities & Workshops
Educational and Groups
The cave, the excavations
The Caune of Arago