Archeotrail: the hunters of Prehistory

Archeotrail: the hunters of Prehistory

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Follow the footsteps of the ice age hunters and the first inhabitants of the primary forest (15,000 - 5,500 BC)

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A circuit with captivating and varied landscapes. Perhaps you will have the chance to see chamois, marmots or other species occupying these places, in the middle of a natural environment still rich and preserved.

5 points of interest

  • The outcrops of flint of Plâtres

    The flint of the Plâtres, like that of the rest of the region, has been sought by prehistoric men who used it to make their tools.The north of the Vercors is characterized by the abundance of the lodgings in the Quatre-Montagnes area, to which the outcrop of the Plâtres Senonian flint belongs.The search for the geographical origin of flints carved by men during Prehistory can make it possible to understand the circulation of human groups within the territories they frequented.
  • Roybon

    Between the rocks of Ranc des Agnelons and the rock of the Cornafion (2,049 m), at the foot of the Vert pass, is the site of Roybon, frequented by the hunters of the Mesolithic towards 7,000 years before. J-C.More than 500 flakes, tools and armor of flint arrows were found near the creek. The raw material is essentially local. The presence of a quartz shard from the Alpine crystalline massifs shows the mobility of these human groups.Thus, the presence of water in Roybon certainly favored the stay of prehistoric men on the site during their ibex hunting expeditions.
  • Point of view of the Côtes

    The panoramic view allows you to gaze at the landscape as sculpted by the glaciers.This landscape is marked by the presence of external lateral moraines forming parallel cords, originating from rocks torn off and transported by the glacier that occupied the valley of Fauge 20 000 years ago.Some erratic blocks, which are found in the center of the village of Villard-de-Lans, have been transported by this glacier and come from the ridge between Pas de l'Œille (1960 m) and Pré Achard .
  • Clos de Lans area

    Not far from the cold Font fountain and the path that leads to the Col de l'Arc is a south-facing slope. Sheltered by the wind, it was frequented by prehistoric men around 10,000 BC. , as the glaciers disappeared.More than 1,000 objects in flint were discovered as a result of work carried out for the capture of the nearby fountain. Most of these objects were fashioned on flint found at the foot of the slopes of the Cornafion.It is the presence of water and flint, as well as the good exhibition of the site that attracted the hunters of Prehistory on this place, which presents a small flint-sized workshop.
  • Machiret

    At the foot of the Black Combe, on the site of the fountain of Machiret, several thousands of objects in flint were discovered following the erosion of the path of the Col de l'Arc.The site was frequented during the Mesolithic period (9,500-6,500 BC). Some of the objects are shaped from the flint present on the slopes of the Cornafion. However, some of these pieces are made of flint from the south of the Vercors. Others are made of hyaline quartz and come from the crystalline Alps.This shows the great mobility of the last hunters of Prehistory, who found here a propitious place to stay during their hunting expeditions at altitude.


Departure from the village center of Villard-de-Lans, near the Maison du Patrimoine. 1.">Go up the pedestrian street, take the Rue de l'Adret to join Les Lèches 1. At the primary school, turn right into "Rue du Professeur Debré" and then "Avenue Empress Zita" before turning left onto "Chemin des Pierres". At the top of this street, turn left again onto the "Chemin des Blachons". 2 puis Champ Gressaud 3, toujours bien suivre les marques de balisage jaunes et vertes. ">Continue along the chemin de la Fauge to reach Le Dessus du Corps 2 and then Champ Gressaud 3, always follow the yellow and green markings.

4.">From there, take the direction of Les Cochettes but turn quickly on the right, the road leading to the Cross Plaster 4. 5 et Roybon 6 où une halte est toujours très appréciée.">Continue to Plâtres 5 and Roybon 6 where a stop is always very appreciated. 7, continuer sur le GR 91 plein nord en passant à Lurbeillet 8, le très beau sentier en balcon vous conduit à Combe Chaulange 9.">At the Source of Roybon 7, continue on GR 91 due north to Lurbeillet 8, the beautiful balcony trail leads you to Combe Chaulange 9. 10.">While admiring a landscape as varied as spectacular, reach Font Froide 10. 11.">Leave the GR and the Tour de Pays des Quatre-Montagnes and follow the road to the north, going down towards Villard-de-Lans on the Prairies of Machiret 11. 12, passer par Les Espinasses 13 et La Conversaria 14 puis rallier Les Mourets 15 et un peu plus bas La Cote 1010 mètres 16.">At La Ya 12, go through Les Espinasses 13 and La Conversaria 14 and then join Les Mourets 15 and a little lower La Cote 1010 meters 16. 17, le centre de Villard-de-Lans, point de départ de cette magnifique randonnée, n'est alors plus très loin.">At the level of Les Vières 17, the center of Villard-de-Lans, starting point of this magnificent hike, is then far away.
Vercors, terre de préhistoire
Find more information in the guide Vercors, land of prehistory, available in bookshop and in the shop of the Park
  • Departure : Maison du patrimoine (center of Villard-de-Lans)
  • Arrival : Maison du patrimoine (center of Villard-de-Lans)
  • Towns crossed : Villard-de-Lans and Lans-en-Vercors


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Sensitive areas

Along your trek, you will go through sensitive areas related to the presence of a specific species or environment. In these areas, an appropriate behaviour allows to contribute to their preservation. For detailed information, specific forms are accessible for each area.
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Fédération des Alpages de l’Isère
Parc du Vercors

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Fédération des Alpages de l’Isère
Parc du Vercors

Black grouse - winter

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Use the passageways to cross the fences, close the gates and barriers.

Staying on marked trails also means respecting private property.

Beware of rain or fog, some passages can be slippery and technical.

You will be going through the summer pastures, maybe you will meet protective dogs and herd guards.

Always be sure to bypass the animals while remaining calm while the dog identifies you. Do not pet him or threaten him.

If you have a dog, keep it on a leash!

Information desks

101 place Mure-Ravaud, 38250 Villard-de-Lans

http://www.villarddelans-correnconenvercors.com04 76 95 10 38

Access and parking

After the motorway toll of Voreppe, take the exit Villard-de-Lans (RN 532); Before the village of Sassenage, take direction Vercors on the right. At Lans-en-Vercors, follow the D 531 towards Villard-de-Lans.

From the south, after the motorway toll of the Baume d'Hostun, follow Saint-Nazaire en Royans then take the RD 531, direction Villard-de-Lans.

Parking :

Parking at the center du village

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