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Wéris (Town) — Links

Weris on the map


Website showing walking routes around the town
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9th March 2011ce

Megalith Museum Wéris


Created in 1994, the Museum of the megaliths is a site museum.

Their goal is to provide clear information on the Neolithic period and the revolution it represents in the history of mankind. The museum highlights the first agricultural techniques, including the wheel and the plough, along with the discovery of clay for the use of pottery. The exploitation of flint to make tools and weapons is also covered.

The museum also shows elements for the builders of megaliths, dolmens and menhirs. Visitors discover how these monuments were erected and Neolithic funeral customs.

The Megalith Museum presents this data with information panels, models, castings, and reconstructions of archaeological material, particularly focusing on the megaliths of Wéris, and the populations from the Paris Basin.

Guided tours are by reservation, as well as educational activities specific.

At the reception, various publications, postcards and novelty items on the theme of the megaliths are on sale, not to mention the cafeteria where you can taste the beer DOLMENIUS.

Open daily from 10 am to 17.30 pm (closed 1 January, 1 November, 25 December).
Entry fee: 2 € - Groups (min 10 people): 1,50 €
Tour: 25 € (booking at least one week in advance)

Info: Megalith Museum Place Arsene Soreil, 7 B-6940 Wéris (Durbuy)
Tel. 086/21.02.19. - Fax 086/21.00.69.
(Outside Belgium: replace 086 by 32 86).
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9th March 2011ce

Spiennes Flint Mines (Ancient Mine / Quarry) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Spiennes Flint Mines (Ancient Mine / Quarry) — Miscellaneous

NOTE!

Unfortunately, the mines of Spiennes are now closed to the public until 2013.

This closure is due to the work being executed to build a totally new visitor center.
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Spiennes Flint Mines (Ancient Mine / Quarry) — Links

Offical web site - English version


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World Heritage Site Listing


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Cave of Spy (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Links

Offical web site


English translation via Google
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Cave of Spy (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images

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Cave of Spy (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Miscellaneous

The Grotte de Spy (Cave of Spy) is one of the most important paleolithic sites in Europe, and has undergone many excavations with many recoveries. In 1886 a discovery was made that still represents a capital episode in the history of science. The excavation was conducted by inhabitants of Liège, and consisted of an archaeologist (Marcel de Puydt), a geologist (Max Lohest) and a paleontologist (Julien Fraipont). This team proved to the international community the existence of a more antiquated type of human, the Neanderthal. Julien Fraipont published a major review about Spy in an American review.

The prehistoric cave may be freely visited all around the year. However, between mid September and February there is hunting season, and visitors are advised to be careful.

The cave may be visited on guided tours organized by the Amis de l'Homme de Spy (Friends of the Spy Man), a non profit organization. The guided tours have a fixed price for the guide and are suitable for up to 30 persons. See web site for more details.
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