history of Aveyron started during the time of the prehistoric
creature, the plesiosaurus. Later, the prehistoric tribe, the
Chasseens, lived in the caves on the limestone plateaux of central
and southern France.
came the Rutenes, the Gallic tribe of Rodez, the present capital
of Aveyron, who under the Romans were allied to the Averni.
After that, we have Barbarians. Visigoths, Moors, Viking and then
the English and the 100 Years War. The Knights of Templar also
ruled and The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem influenced the
area with their authority.
Many different cultures have made their mark on the area of Aveyron
and this is shown by the stone monuments and rich architecture
of the past, which include dolmens, menhirs, fortresses, fortified
castles, abbeys and churches.