Sites Archeologique

Rock carving sites of Les Merveilles and Fontanalbe

Historic site and monument, Archeological site, Historic patrimony, Classified, listed in Tende
  • The mineral landscape sculpted by the run of the glaciers about 10,000 years ago contains an archaeological treasure trove of about thirty to forty thousand rock engravings around Mount Bego, most of them dated between about 3000 and 1600 BC.

  • Visits to the engravings can be made on foot, following the marked trails, or with Mercantour-approved guides and escorts, or in a 4x4 excursion, partly by car and partly on foot.
    Rediscovered by scholars at the end of the 19th century, the engravings are found on rock faces, and more frequently on rocky outcrops (roche moutonnée) or erratic blocks (mainly pelite and sandstone).
    Since the end of the Neolithic period, during the metal ages, then during the Roman period and finally during...
    Visits to the engravings can be made on foot, following the marked trails, or with Mercantour-approved guides and escorts, or in a 4x4 excursion, partly by car and partly on foot.
    Rediscovered by scholars at the end of the 19th century, the engravings are found on rock faces, and more frequently on rocky outcrops (roche moutonnée) or erratic blocks (mainly pelite and sandstone).
    Since the end of the Neolithic period, during the metal ages, then during the Roman period and finally during the medieval and modern periods, the men present on these high mountain sites have left representations with various symbolism.
    The engravings of cattle, carriages, weapons and geometric figures were made during the Protohistory, while the motifs of coats of arms, firearms, texts and pastoral and popular drawings are historical.
  • Spoken languages
    • French
Openings
Openings
  • From May 1, 2022 until October 31, 2022
    Opened Everyday
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