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Arcy-sur-Cure is located in France
Coordinates: 47°36′14″N 3°45′41″E / 47.6039°N 3.7614°E / 47.6039; 3.7614Coordinates: 47°36′14″N 3°45′41″E / 47.6039°N 3.7614°E / 47.6039; 3.7614
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Yonne
Arrondissement Auxerre
Canton Joux-la-Ville
Area1 26.33 km2 (10.17 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 521
 • Density 20/km2 (51/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 89015 /89270
Elevation 121–301 m (397–988 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Arcy-sur-Cure is a commune in the Yonne department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in north-central France.

The caves of Arcy-sur-Cure, just south of the commune, hold the second-oldest cave paintings known, after those of Chauvet Cave.[1] Archeological remains at the Grotte du Renne were taken to provide evidence that Neanderthals had modern human behavior, but this is now doubted.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Grottes d'Arcy-sur-Cure Official website (in English)
  2. ^ Higham T, Jacobi R, Julien M, David F, Basell L, Wood R, Davies W, Ramsey CB.C (2010). Chronology of the Grotte du Renne (France) and implications for the context of ornaments and human remains within the Chatelperronian. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. doi:10.1073/pnas.1007963107 PMID 20956292
  3. ^ Mellars P. (2010). Neanderthal symbolism and ornament manufacture: The bursting of a bubble? Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. doi:10.1073/pnas.1014588107