Visit to the cave of Ramioul

On Monday 26 September, the board members of the Eugene Dubois Foundation visited the new Prehistomuseum in Ramioul near Liege in Belgium.

“Located at the archaeological site of the cave of Ramioul, in the heart of a forest, the Préhistomuseum extends over 30 hectares. Situated in the valley of the Meuse, it forms the link between the numerous archaeological sites which surround this river: from Engis, where the first bones of Neanderthals in the world (1829) were discovered, to the splendid caves of Goyet.

With its collections originating from the most prestigious sites of Walloon prehistory, it is one of the largest Prehistory museums in Europe. It is also original with 12 extraordinary experience-exhibitions : the barefoot path, the research center, the prehistoric hunting paths or the vegetal labyrinth of the evolution …

The cave of Ramioul is a treasure of Walloon natural and archaeological heritage. In October 1908, Arthur Vandebosch and his team of the “Chercheurs de la Wallonie” discover a Neolithic ossuary at a slope over the terrace of the cave. Ceramic shards, faunal remains, some stone tools as well as numerous human remains belonging to 7 children and dated +/- 2750 years before our era have been brought to light. In 1911 the “Chercheurs” discover the cave itself. It yields tools belonging to Paleolithic industries as well as faunal remains of ice age species: bear, lion, cave hyena, wolf, woolly haired rhinoceros, mammoth….”