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Fontanguillière :
The site is formed by the Gardonette (a tributary of the Dordogne) river bed.
Etymologically it is clear that the term ‘font’ comes from spring or source (fontaine), but it is harder to establish the origins of the second half of the word although it would seem likely that there might have been eels (anguilles) in the water. Another hypothesis works around the idea around the idea of an angle, a corner (Fontanglière), a branching off (where ?).


The site owes its celebrity to the burial grotto of the same name in which were discovered Neolithic skeletons. These and other objects of the era, and even possibly some dating from a still earlier period (flint weapons), are now scattered left and right in various museums following the pillaging of the grottoes and the insufficient administrative precautions of the early and mid-20th century.
The remains of a standing stone near the caves, on the banks of a stream called la Caborne suffered a similar fate.
Up until the 1980’s the caves were the site of a large festival every 15 August. Young people from miles around took this opportunity to explore the caves and scare themselves with the bats and the dark. The first 300m of the caves are easily accessible, the following 200 can be crawled through and the remaining kilometre heading towards Bridoire remains the preserve of true pot-holers.

Fontanguillière Caves
Well-known in the area, the Rouffignac caves, or the Fontanguillière caves as they are referred to, are dotted with small cascades of water-furrowed prismatic pendants. A 20m waterfall can be seen about 200m from the road in the rocky cliffs which line the valley.