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Terra Amata Shelter

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
Image Credit: Courtesy of Karen Carr Studio
Terra Amata Shelter
Exhibit Item
Date of discovery: 1966
Discovered by: Henri de Lumley
Site: Terra Amata, France
Page last updated: February 9, 2016