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Musée Départemental de Préhistoire, Solutré-Pouilly

Roche de Solutré
France 71960
Tel: 33 3 85 35 85 24
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In prehistoric times, hunters ambushed mammoths and horses at Roche de Solutré, a startling hogback outcropping six miles east of Mâcon, near the villages of Pouilly and Fuissé. (The Solutrean Phase of the Upper Paleolithic period, 15,000–12,000 B.C., was named for this area.) Today, the outstanding Musée Départemental de Préhistoire stands on the spot where millions of animal bones were unearthed. Exhibitions change regularly: Most feature archaeological items that were unearthed here, while others are thematic (prehistoric weaponry, for instance) and draw on museum collections from around the world. Kids love this museum, as do plenty of adults; many of the items displayed, though thousands of years old, look like powerful works of modern art. After visiting the museum, continue to the top of the cliff (it's an easy stroll from the museum parking lot). On a clear day, the views range across the countless vineyards of southern Burgundy and the northern Rhône Valley.—David Downie

Open daily 10 am to noon and 2 to 5 pm, January through March, October, and November; 10 am to 6 pm, April through September. Closed December, New Year's Day, and May 1.

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