History of the Excavation

The significance of the cave has been known since 1828, when the famous paleontologist Marcel de Serres found animal bones, and classified them as «antediluvian».
In 1963, following the discovery of prehistoric tools by Jean Abelanet, Professor Henry de Lumley decided to begin exploratory excavations at the Arago Cave. In 1971, the discovery of a skull of Homo erectus caused the site to become world-famous.
The excavations, which have annually been conducted since 1964, rendered considerable archeological information on Tautavel Man.