Terra Amata Shelter

Terra Amata Shelter
Exhibit item
Date of discovery: 
1966
Discovered by: 
Henri de Lumley
Age: 
About 400,000 years old
Site: 
Terra Amata, France

Making shelters

This ancient shelter, reconstructed here, provided protection for an early human family or social group. Scientists found post holes and other evidence of multiple shelters at this site. Some shelters were as long as 14.9 m (49 ft)

Reconstruction illustration of 400,000-year-old shelter from Terra Amata, France