Rue Fond des Vaux, 339d
Archeology Sciences Technique
Scladina cave was discovered in 1971 and has for more than 20 years been the object of much painstaking archaeological research, undertaken by the ASBL Archéologie Andennaise, with the scientific council of the Prehistory Department of Liège University, and the assistance of the city of Andenne and the Walloon Region. The rigour and continuity of this work has made it possible to bring to light two strata of occupation of Neanderthals, the oldest dating back 130,000 years. The site has also unearthed the bones of a Neanderthal child aged about ten. Thanks to the outstanding state of preservation of the remains and sediments protecting them, this site has become a point of reference for knowledge about the climatic evolution of the northwestern regions of the European continent, helping scientists to retrace such developments from the beginning of the last interglacial period up to the last ice age. Scientists and prehistorians from all over the world are taking part in the study of this deposit which also, every July, turns into an excavation site and a training centre for many archaeological students coming from Belgium and other countries. Over and above the excavations, and the study and preservation of the archaeological remains found, the ASBL Archéologie Andennaise has assigned itself an educational mission, which is to pass on to the general public correct information about Prehistory, a science and a period that are still too frequently perceived as nebulous and mythical... All year round, by reservation and appointment, classes from primary and secondary schools, as well as general public groups may have access to the site and the laboratory, where they are guided and accompanied by the researchers and scientists themselves. Museum gallery and multimedia programme room.