Aveyron (river)

The Aveyron (French pronunciation: [aveʁɔ̃] (listen); Occitan: Avairon) is a 291 km long river in southern France, right tributary of the Tarn.[1] It rises in the southern Massif Central, near Sévérac-le-Château.

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15th-century bridge at Belcastel
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Native nameL'Aveyron (French)
Physical characteristics
 • locationMassif Central
 • location
 • coordinates
44°5′13″N 1°16′0″E / 44.08694°N 1.26667°E / 44.08694; 1.26667Coordinates: 44°5′13″N 1°16′0″E / 44.08694°N 1.26667°E / 44.08694; 1.26667
Length291 km (181 mi)
Basin size5,300 km2 (2,000 sq mi)
 • average57 m3/s (2,000 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionTarnGaronneGironde estuaryAtlantic Ocean

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.[2]

Tributaries includeEdit

Places along the riverEdit

The Aveyron flows west through the following départements and towns:

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


  1. ^ Sandre. "Fiche cours d'eau - L'Aveyron (O5--0250)".
  2. ^ Primitive Man, Louis Fulier, p.88, accessed 4 August 2010