Cave of Mayrières supérieure

Cave of Mayrières supérieure
Grotte de Mayrière supérieure
Location in France
Cave of Mayrières supérieure (France)
Alternate name Upper Mayriere Cave
Location near Bruniquel
Region Occitanie, France
Coordinates 44°2′22″N 1°41′3″E / 44.03944°N 1.68417°E / 44.03944; 1.68417Coordinates: 44°2′22″N 1°41′3″E / 44.03944°N 1.68417°E / 44.03944; 1.68417

The Cave of Mayrières supérieure (French: Grotte de Mayrières supérieure, English: Upper Mayriere Cave) is an archaeological site near Bruniquel, Tarn-et-Garonne, France, which contained two prehistoric cave paintings of bison until they were erased during an attempt to remove modern graffiti by members of the Eclaireurs de France, a French scouting association.[1][2] The act earned them the 1992 Ig Nobel Prize in Archaeology.[3]


  1. "French Youths Clean a Cave And Damage Prehistoric Art". New York Times. 22 March 1992. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  2. "Dans la seule grotte peinte du Tarn-et-Garonne : des victimes d'un excès de zèle". Le Monde (in French). 30 October 2003. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  3. "The 1992 Ig Nobel Prize Winners". Improbable Research. Retrieved 24 August 2013.

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