Image: Palaeolithic Tool, France: E43177

Palaeolithic Tool, France: E43177

Flint scraper associated with Mousterian culture from Laussel, France.

Stan Florek
© Australian Museum


Laussel is a Paleolithic rock shelter in the vicinity of the village of Marquet, east of Les Eyzies, in the Dordogne Department, in south-western France. It was first excavated by the French archaeologist G. Lalanne in 1908-11. It contains eight cultural layers, encompassing the epochs from the Acheulean and Mousterian cultures to the Solutrean. The layer related to the Aurignacian culture has realistic bas-reliefs of human figures carved in limestone slabs, including a representation of a nude woman, holding a bison horn.

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