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Visit : Museum/Discover, Grottoes And Caves

Les Amis De L'homme De Spy Asbl - the Man of Spy’s Friends

Les Amis De L'homme De Spy Asbl - the Man of Spy’s Friends
© Olivier Lereylac - AWPA

The cave of the Man of Spy, one of the most important Palaeolithic sites in Europe, overhangs the valley of the Orneau River, a tributary of the Sambre River. Over the years, many excavations have been carried out in the cave, and in 1886, an exceptional amount of bones was discovered. A study of the bones led the international community to accept that humans different to modern man had once existed: Neanderthal man had been uncovered.

Permanent free entry to the grotto

During the hunting season from 15 to 28 February, the cave stays open. However, it is strongly advised to call the Département de la Nature et des Forêts to check whether hunts are going to take place. Tel: +32 (0)81/71 54 01

Free guided visits to the cave every first Sunday of the month at 2:30 pm, organised by the Friends of the Man of Spy. More info on +32 (0)71 78 50 03


  • tel. : +32 (0) 71 78 55 71

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