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Address: 24290 Sergeac, Montignac, France
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+33 5 53 42 30 09
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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for lovers of pre-history

an extraordinary setting packed with history: pre-historic, roman, medieval, present day we were privy to an informative presentation of the skills, trades of pre-historic... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
Washington, D.C.
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Washington, D.C.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

an extraordinary setting packed with history: pre-historic, roman, medieval, present day we were privy to an informative presentation of the skills, trades of pre-historic peoples and how they gathered to exchange their knowledge much as modern man does today at conferences You can walk through the forest all the way to St Leon sur Vezère from this site wonderfully atmospheric

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We spent a delightful couple of hours at this humble archaeological site. Part of its charm is not being an attraction with a capital A. Its background as a major centre for nomadic Palaeolithic populations has been only partially revealed for visitors. More evidence must lie within the collapsed rock shelter, or abri, sites which haven't yet been explored along... More 

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Oakton, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This was an amazing day, memorable beyond description (although I'll try). Our group was scheduled for a full day of learning at Castle Merle. First major insight, we were not "cave men" we were shelter dwellers. And the shelters, occupied by Cro-Magnon man are 35,000 years old! And you see them for real - you also see how they are... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

WE had a comfortable room adjacent to the garden. We dined in two nights and both dinners were excellent. We eat in some nearby villages on the other two nights. Our hosts were very welcoming and helpful. We extended our stay as long as we could. The view from the garden over the valley is beautiful. Dining in the garden... More 

Thank JEG1234
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

One of many similar sites in this area. We only walked to the site in the late afternoon, and it was then closed to the paying visitors. I am sure it had much more to offer, but site looked rather tired and uncared for.

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Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

The information that was given kept the children interested. The guide help teach the girls how to throw spears...how great is that

Thank Kathy J
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

This was ok if you are French as the guide said he was to lazy to translate into English. It is not as described in the 2014 Valle Vezire tourist guide as it says how to demonstrate how to light a fire using flint,ale some jewellery which is all included in admittance fee which by the way cost 16.5 euros

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Castel-Merle is a complete experience of the prehistoric. Besides it being an ongoing archeological dig, the owners provide direct insights into prehistoric life. We watched a young man make fire with a couple of rocks and some tinder, knock flakes off a flint core stone that were sharp as a scalpel and throw spears with an atlatl, a device that... More 

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Santa Barbara CA
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80 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

Castel-Merle is an ongoing dig, the perfect stop for a professional like me. There is a young lady, Isabelle, who gives a super tour to visitors at the dig site. Her grandfather (?) was the original digger; he lives in the nearby village where he runs a tiny private museum with the artifacts he has found over the years, some... More 

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