Walk through history with expert guidance at a unique ancient cave village just minutes from the medieval Bastide town of Domme, near the Dordogne River. Ascend from former 18th and 19th Century vineyards adjacent to a water mill, site of Gallo-Roman artifacts, to the troglodyte cliffside dwellings of Saint Front, site of two national historic monuments—caves containing rock art & artifacts dating back 28,000 to 30,000 years. This includes the Mammoth Cave, which has given rise to several academic studies of cave art, including the impressive four-foot-high bas-relief sculpture of a wooly mammoth on the cave wall. Such studies have highlighted the importance of this location's works of art, examples of techniques combining engraving & sculpture, among which are several remarkable bas-reliefs including the mammoth. You will also explore caves & see the troglodyte village, occupied until Word War I. Beautiful stone masonry is exemplified in the two story structures built into the cliff face, including an elegant cistern, fireplaces, dovecotes, & an incredible intact wood-fired bread oven. This site of eons of continuous human residence is being actively cleaned & explored.
I studied honors history at Kenyon College, as well as graduate anthropology and history at Cornell University, receiving my PhD in 1993. My partner got his undergraduate degree in history from Loyola University before studying graduate archaeology and anthropology at Tulane. We have a unique knowledge of the history and artifacts of the Dordogne Valley as found at a specific site spanning 30,000 years of prehistory and history, near the famed Bastide town of Domme, "the Acropolis of the Perigord."
We'll be near the Dordogne River and meander along ancient trails towards the cliffs of Saint Front, home to an ancient village bombed by the German army in World War II. We'll climb to see spectacular views of the valley and explore the ruins and caves.
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This is a rare, off-the-beaten-path experience of a village hidden among the trees and in rock caves, two of which are historic monuments. The monument sites remain closed but other caves are open.
Ancient cave village, prehistory site