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Excavation begins at Le Mas-d’Azil grotto

On 14 March 2012, the French national institute for archaeological conservation (INRAP) announced the start of a new excavation in alongside a renovation project for the Mas-d’Azil caves in south-west France. The caves have been recognised as an historic monument since 1942. 

Cave of Le Mas d'Azil [Credit: Traumrune/Wikimedia Commons]
The prehistoric grotto, located in the Arize valley of the Pyrenees mountain range, was once home to the Azilian people (10,000-7,5000 BC). The ambitious development project closed the grotto to the public in order to begin renovations on 24 October 201. It aims to completely revise the visitor’s path. Works will continue under archeologists’ supervision, who follow carefully laid-out plans for the excavation. 

Interior of Cave of Le Mas d'Azil [Credit: Pinpin/Wikimedia Commons]
The grotto’s official website announced that visits will once again be open to the public this summer and will be temporarily unavailable from October 2012 to May 2013. 

Source: Art Media Agency [March 15, 2012]

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