Grotte du Mas d'Azil
D119, Avenue de la Grotte, 09290 Le Mas-d'Azil, France
About Grotte du Mas d'Azil
The Grotte du Mas d'Azil is a cavity crossed by a road and by the Arize river which hollowed it out. This cavity of imposing dimensions opens into the Plantaurel massif, the commune of Mas-d'Azil, department of Ariège. It was occupied at different prehistoric and historical periods and gave its name to a prehistoric culture, the Azilian.
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