Archeotrail : the craftsmen of Prehistory
The forests of Vassieux
Before 1911, Vassieux was administratively attached to Die. The story goes that the municipality, unable to pay taxes, would have donated the land to pay its debts, which would explain the current situation.
Shelter of the Col de Vassieux
With a maximum capacity of 15 people, it is open all year and free of access. However, as with most shelter huts in the territory, certain rules must be respected if the service is to last for a long time (most of them are recalled to you inside the shelter).
The Col de Vassieux, ancestral crossing point
Panorama of the But Saint-Genix
In the south, the Diois offers a mosaic of archaeological sites ranging from the Middle Palaeolithic (50,000 years) to the metal ages (800 BC). The city of Die, besides its Gallo-Roman past, also sheltered neolithic occupations, as evidenced by the discovery of a 4.12 m high menhir and various sites of habitats.
In Marignac-en-Diois, at the foot of the Vercors, a collective burial in the cave of the Bronze Age was excavated. As in Vassieux, the flint of the Diois was exploited in particular at Boulc and Menglon.
Finally, to the east, you can see the Hautes Plateaux du Vercors. They have been frequented since the Mesolithic, as evidenced by the site of Pre-Peyret.
The hike continues along the ridge to reach the Col de la Chau 8, then Champ Rolland 9 before reaching the Saint-Genix Butte 1,643 meters 10, the highest point of this circuit And breathtaking views of the valley of Quint below. The path then leaves full north to reach, two kilometers away, the Pas Bouillanain 11 and continues its route towards the Crest of the Clots 12 passing by Pas de l'Ours.
At this junction, start the return to the Museum of Prehistory on the descent, taking the GR 93 on the right. Pass through Piarrou 13 and then at Espeline 14 take on the left, the last straight to the Museum .
Find more information in the guide Vercors, land of prehistory, available in bookshop and in the shop of the Park
Use the passageways to cross the fences, close the gates and barriers.
Staying on marked trails also means respecting private property.
Access and parking
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