Sphinx-like amidst the Mâconnais vineyards, the Roche de Solutré (Solutré Rock) seems to lie in wait for visitors. This unusual geological feature, 495 metres high, has become a symbol of southern Burgundy – but there’s no need to be a geologist to enjoy the superb views from the top. The steep limestone slopes of Solutré-Pouilly, Vergisson and Le Mont-Pouilly appear to have been inhabited by men of the Mousterian area, 52,000 years ago. In 1866 the geologists Henry Testot-Ferry and Adrien Arcelin discovered thousands of horse, bison, auroch and mammoth remains at the foot of the rock, one of the largest such finds in Europe. They are displayed in the museum of pre-history at the foot of the rock, where the tools, flints and other remains of Palaeolithic nomadic hunters will transport you way back in time.
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