The Vézère Valley

Location: France

Year added to World Heritage List: 1979

Criteria site was nominated for: “(i.) to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius and (iii.) to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.”

Total number of Cultural/Mixed Heritage Sites located in France: 32

Size: Composed of 147 sites and 25 caves

Time Period: Upper Paleolithic

*There are no known threats at this time*


The Vézère Valley is a large area that contains 147 sites that date back to the Upper Paleolithic Period, as well as 25 caves decorated with prehistoric art.  The discovery of this site is very significant to the history of prehistoric art.  Among these drawings, geologists have also found human and animal remains and archaeological artifacts.   Many of the artifacts include tools such as stone knives, woodworking implements and composite tools.








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