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Location of Aude in France
|• Total||6,139 km2 (2,370 sq mi)|
|• Density||59.534/km2 (154.192/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||FR-11|
The inhabitants of the Aude are known, in French, as Audois (women: Audoises).
In 1800, with the creation of the arrondissements in France, the six districts were changed into four arrondissements: Carcassonne, Castelnaudary, Limoux and Narbonne. On 10 September 1926, the arrondissement of Castelnaudary was eliminated.
Early forms of habitation
A skull was found, and named Homme de Tautavel (Tautavel Man). It was found in a cave on the site called Caune de l'Arago, near Tautavel. The fossils are between 300.000 and 450.000 years old. There are over 80 fragments; the skull belonged to a man in his twenties. He was about 1.65 m, and weighed around 45–55 kg. Other remains are two mandibles, belonging to a woman in her fifties, and to a man, about 20 to 25 years old. It looks like they did not know how to use fire yet. It also looks like they might have been cannibals, or that they preferred to scavenge for food, rather than hunt. Some bones of rhinoceros, horses, wild sheep (called Mouflon), Tahrs (resemble wild goats), Muskox (a type of bovine), deer, and reindeer were found in the cave. There is an ongoing debate if this hominian is directly related to the Neanderthal. If they are not they would be Homines erecti (currently they are classified as H. erectus Tautavelensis). If they are direct predecessors of the Neanderthals, they would be Homo heidelbergensis.
Aude has an area of 6,139 km2 (2,370 sq mi). It is surrounded by the departments of Pyrénées-Orientales, Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Tarn, and Hérault, with the Gulf of Lion (Mediterranean Sea) on the east.
|Gulf of Lion|
The highest point in the department is the Pic de Madrès (Pyrenees; it is 2,469 m (8,100 ft) high.), in the French
- La Piège au Razès (1101)
- Carcassonne-1 (1102)
- Carcassonne-2 (1103)
- Carcassonne-3 (1104)
- Le Bassin chaurien (1105)
- Les Basses Plaines de l'Aude (1106)
- Les Corbières (1107)
- Le Lézignanais (1108)
- La Région Limouxine (1109)
- La Malpère à la Montagne Noire (1110)
- Narbonne-1 (1111)
- Narbonne-2 (1112)
- Narbonne-3 (1113)
- La Haute-Vallée de l'Aude (1114)
- Le Haut-Minervois (1115)
- Le Sud-Minervois (1116)
- Les Corbières maritimes (1117)
- La Montagne d'Alaric (1118)
- La Vallée de l'Orbiel (1119)
The Aude department has a population, in 2014, of 365,478, for a population density of 59.5 inhabitants/km2. The arrondissement of Carcassonne, with 161,442 inhabitants, is by far the largest. The other two arrondissements, Limoux and Narbonne, have respectively 44,467 and 159,569 inhabitants.
Evolution of the population in Aude
The main cities in the department are:
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