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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is located in France
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Sarlat-la-Canéda
Canton Saint-Cyprien
Intercommunality Terre de Cro-Magnon
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Philippe Lagarde
Area1 37.44 km2 (14.46 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 835
 • Density 22/km2 (58/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 24172 / 24620
Elevation 55–245 m (180–804 ft)
(avg. 74 m or 243 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil (Occitan: Las Aisiás de Taiac e Siruèlh) is a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil lies in the Périgord Noir area. It is served by the Gare des Eyzies railway station. This locale is home to the Musée national de Préhistoire (National Museum of Prehistory) and the area contains several important archaeological sites, including the Font-de-Gaume, Grotte du Grand-Roc and Lascaux cave prehistoric rock dwellings. Les Eyzies-de-Tayac was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

History

The Poisson de Gorge d'Enfer, an example of prehistoric cave art discovered in the Abri du Poisson near Eyzies.
The town centre

In March 1868, the geologist Louis Lartet, financed by Henry Christy, discovered the first five

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