the prehistoric bison
MORE THAN 20 CAVES IN 1 VALLEY
Would you have thought you'd discover a prehistoric site in Mayenne? In addition to offering a remarkable Natura 2000 classified natural site as well as a brand new Museum of Prehistory, The Vallée des Grottes de Saulges is a rare site in the Northwest of France with immense geological and historical richness. More than 20 caves have been recorded, some of which bear unique witness to the presence of Prehistoric Man.
TheCave of Mayenne-Sciences or that of Margot revealed their adornment, engravings, paintings to researchers That of...Rochefort has been hollowed out in the calcareous rock: as you go down into the abyss, a visit here reveals concretions and rock formations. To learn more and to immerse yourself in the time of the first humans, go to the Vallée des Grottes de Saulges!
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LIVES OF OUR ANCESTORS AT THE PREHISTORY MUSEUM
More than 20,000 years ago, man came to this valley. Archaeological excavations have revealed that the cave entrances have served as a habitat, while their depths were undoubtedly used for cultural and spiritual practices. The Museum exhibits the collections from the caves of the valley and other Mayenne sites. An innovative highlight of the visit, is a virtual reality immersion in the decorated cave of Mayenne-Sciences, inaccessible to the general public.
GO IN SEARCH OF FOOD TO FEED YOUR CLAN!
Thanks to the Coëvrons Découvertes digital app, for smartphones and tablets, find your courage and go hunting for prehistoric animals in the Vallée des Grottes de Saulges!
Thousands of years ago, man settled in camps on the site of Saulges had to feed his clan well: so do as he did! Choose your hunting area, position yourself as a lookout, observe the landscapes in augmented reality and capture the animals hidden around you!
VISIT AN UNDERGROUND WORLD!
10,000 years ago in the valley, man was evolving in the wilderness and learning to deal with the environment that was his land in a pragmatic way: hunting, harvesting, fishing. But exploring the caves and all the cavities of the rock faces of Saulges, the imaginary prehistoric world boils over.
Take part in guided tours to discover the geological formations of Rochefort which will also surprise you! In the underground world of the Cave in Margot, dark and mysterious, where Man has left traces of engravings, listen to the tales and legends associated with this place ... Mystery and more mystery!
Clothes made from animal skins, hunting animals that are now extinct... the life of our ancestors is very different from ours! There's no better way to immerse yourself in this world and imagine the daily life of our ancestors than going into action mode! During workshops at the Museum of Prehistory or at La Ferme aux Fossiles, experience prehistory, with your friends or your children! School groups and activity centres will enjoy a range of and educational visits, to be booked ahead all year round.
At the Museum of Prehistory, they can for example step into the shoes of an archaeologist during the archaeological imbroglio workshop or find out more about the animals that inhabited the surrounding area thanks to the engraving, Enok the aurochs!