Aveyron (river)

For the tributary of the Loing, see Aveyron (Loing).

15th-century bridge at Belcastel
Country France
Main source Massif Central
River mouth Tarn River
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
Progression TarnGaronneAtlantic Ocean
Basin size 5,300 km2 (2,000 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 291 km (181 mi)
  • Average rate:
    57 m3/s (2,000 cu ft/s)

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

Places along the river

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

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