The Arago Cave

The Arago « Cave », located on land belonging to the town of Tautavel, is cut into the urgonian limestone. Projecting several hundred meters over the valley crossed by the Verdouble, it was a lookout point for prehistoric hunters, as well as a favored junction for several ecological domains.

The cave is about thirty meters deep and ten to fifteen meters wide. It was shown that it was deeper at the time of the Tautavel people than it is today. Actually, a segment of the grotto had collapsed so that the porch moved back by about thirty meters.

A copious accumulation of sediment of up to fifteen meters thickness crammed a large segment of the cave and completely blocked the deepest regions. The excavation that has been conducted for about thirty years has uncovered an extraordinary quantity of bones and stone tools, which give evidence of numerous superimposed levels of habitations.