Thursday, 11 September 2008

La Roque Saint-Christophe

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The Roque Saint-Christophe is set in a limestone cliff, roughly 80m high and a kilometre long which has been carved out over time by the Vézère River. The cliff, its platforms and caves, has provided shelter and protection for human occupation dating back at least 55 000 years. It is located only a few hundred metres from the famous Moustier deposit, the excavation which revealed the remains of a Neanderthal Man.

During the middle ages and renaissance period the site was gradually developed into a fortress and finally a protected town to offset the constant pillaging along the trade routes towards Périgueux.

It was "Home School Wednesday" but none of us particularly felt like staying at home on a gloriously sunny day.. these days are now truly numbered.

We headed off on an educational adventure (of course) to this well known troglodyte (pre-history cave dwellers) site around 50km due north.

It was good fun. I am sure that some of the history lesson rubbed off on the boys. It was certainly better than staying at home.

The site is pretty large and we were only able to explore a fraction of it. It would be interesting to know how many people it could have housed at capacity. There were a range of displays from stone age to medieval times.

The verdict: Cool dad!

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