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The Prehistoric Park

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The hunter-gatherer prehistoric populations, nomad or half-sedentary, has left many remains, and among them habitations traces. Those are often unclear and hard to interpret. They are blocking rocks to retain to the ground the tent covering, a pavement, "walls" and collapsed roofs. It's mainly an objects accumulation in a tiny and circumscribed space, sometimes with a mass or remains where the walls stood, that let guess the existence of a prehistoric housing.

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The most preserved remains let the prehistorians imagine these first architectural structures. Their floor plans suggest one or more possible shapes. Comparing them to nomad or half-sedentary people ethnographic housing specimens from the XIXth and XXth centuries, it's allowed to propose some restitutions and to imagine the disappeared furnishings. What you see in the park has to be seen more as an evocation than as a reconstitution : the part of the unknown, and thus of the imagination, being significant...

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From the first Europe inhabitants (Homo erectus) to Cro-Magnon (Homo sapiens), we invite you to discover some housing buildt by these architecture precursors. The prehistoric park, dedicated to the prehistoric hunter-gatherees open air structures shows six palaeolithic housing evocations. They are inspired from the sites of Pont-de-Lavaud in Eguzon (Indre, 1 200 000 BP [Before Present]), Le Cerisier (Dordogne, 18 000 BP), Méziritch (Ukraine, 16 000 BP), Plateau Parrain (Dordogne, 15 500 BP), Gönnersdorf (Rhénanie,12 700 BP) and Le Closeau (Hauts-de-Seine, 12 500 BP).

This summer you may see our team working on the rebuilding of the Gönnersdorf and Pont de Lavaud structures. Le Closeau has been renewed this year during the Archeo'fest.