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Coordinates: 50°07′53″N 1°52′59″E / 50.131389°N 1.883056°E / 50.131389; 1.883056

Commune of Caours

Caours is located in France
Country France
Region Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Abbeville
Canton Abbeville-Nord
Intercommunality L'Abbevillois
Mayor Nadine Tahon
Elevation 6–87 m (20–285 ft)
(avg. 15 m/49 ft)
Land area1 6.13 km2 (2.37 sq mi)
Population2 610  (2006)
 - Density 100 /km2 (260 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80171/ 80132
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Caours is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.



Caours is situated some 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Abbeville, on the D482 road heading towards Saint-Riquier.


Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
358 358 508 567 599 592 610
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates



Stone-age archaeology

The fluvial rocks around Caours, well-known to archaeologists in the latter part of the 20th century, are indications to a time when the climate was more temperate. The last interglacial, once known under the name of Riss-Würm, was between 130,000 and 115,000 years ago. The area has given up the remains of mammals of this Paleolithic era, notably antlers and bone. A joint research programme by the INRAP and the CNRS in 2005, has produced interesting results about Neandertal man. [1][2]

The theory that once explained the disappearance of the Neandertals, the inability to adapt to climatic
change has suddenly been put into perspective by the site of Caours.[3].

See also


  1. ^ Article sur le site de l'INRAP : Néandertal s'invite à l'Eémien (page consultée le 5 mars 2007)
  2. ^ Communiqué de presse de l'INRAP : Néandertal s'invite à l'Eémien (page consultée le 5 mars 2007)
  3. ^ Jean-Philippe Noël, « Neandertal. Le mystère de sa disparition s'épaissit », dans Science et Vie, Template:Numéro1074, mars 2007, pp. 86-88.

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