We left Castelnaud and took a very rural route in the rain, stopping at Les Cabanes de Breuil. The rain magically stopped to let a warm sunlight through as we explored this working farm. Sheep, geese and ducks roamed the grounds as we walked around the stone huts.
The age and purpose of these stone huts is controversial and mysterious. Many hypotheses exist, including that they are reconstructed from roman ruins; they probably aren't 600 years old as the owner of the farm on which they stand claims, but they are at least 100-200 years old. In any case, they are beautiful, and they represent an ancient form of construction and a unique architecture that was somewhat characteristic of the region. Stacking flat rocks without cement.
They kinda reminded me of smurf houses.
After this we continued to Les Eyzies, another beautiful Perigourdine town nestled into limestone cliffs. The claim to fame here is the National Prehistoric Museum. The location in such a small rural town is owed to the fact that the region is dotted with hundreds of caves in the limestone cliffs, many of which were inhabited by early Cro-Magnon man and Neanderthals likely as long ago as 40,000 years ago. Thousands of ancient tools and cave paintings have been discovered, including those at Lascaux which are likely 17,000 years old. A Neanderthal skull was discovered in caves at Peyzac-le-Moustier near Les Eyzies. Anyway, we went to the Museum which was fascinating although our visit was quite hurried given closing time. I didn't get too many pictures there. From there we went on to Périgueux.