The Japan Times, October 19, 1998
Road crew discovers prehistoric cave
PARIS (AP) Two road workers building a highway in southern France have stumbled across a prehistoric cave, which specialists are calling an "exceptional discovery."
The workers were clearing the way for the construction of the new A75 highway to connect the cities of Millau and Beziers in the Languedoc region when they spotted the cave Friday, police said.
Local authorities quickly dispatched a team of specialists to the so-called "Cirque de Moureze" area, about 40 km west of the city of Montpellier.
Four human skeletons, three adults and a child, were preserved in the cave, as well as cooking pots, an ax and a vase which could date from the Neolithic era, 8,000 to 3,500 B.C - although scientists are already differing on the date.
According to Laurent Boismenu, of the Medical-Legal Institute in Montpellier, the cave could be from the Cro-Magnon period.
Christian Olive, an archaeologist, said he believed it was a burial site that could date back to 2,000 B.C.
"It's a little bit like we had a photo of prehistory, which is exceptional," said Olive.