Aveyron (river)

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For the tributary of the Loing, see Aveyron (Loing).
15th-century bridge at Belcastel
Origin Massif Central
Mouth Tarn River
44°5′13″N 1°16′0″E / 44.08694°N 1.26667°E / 44.08694; 1.26667 (Tarn-Aveyron)Coordinates: 44°5′13″N 1°16′0″E / 44.08694°N 1.26667°E / 44.08694; 1.26667 (Tarn-Aveyron)
Basin countries France
Length 291 km
Avg. discharge 57 m³/s
Basin area 5,300 km²

The Aveyron (Occitan: Avairon) is a 291 km long river in southern France, right tributary of the Tarn River. It rises in the southern Massif Central, near Sévérac-le-Château.

In 1855 evidence of prehistoric man was found near Bruniquel under a hill called Montastruc. The hill was 98 foot high. The account said the overhang extended for about 46 feet along the river and the area enclosed was 298 square yards. Within this cave was found the 13,000-year-old sculpture called Swimming Reindeer.[1]

Tributaries include[edit]

Places along the river[edit]

The Aveyron River flows west through the following départements and towns:

It flows into the Tarn River near Lafrançaise, north-west of Montauban.


  1. ^ Primitive Man, Louis Fulier, p.88, accessed 4 August 2010