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A Neanderthal face? The proto-figurine from La Roche-Cotard, Langeais (Indreet-Loire, France)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Jean-Claude Marquet
Affiliation:
Musée départemental de Préhistoire du Grand-Pressigny (Indre-et-Loire), 16 Place Richemont, 37550 Saint-Avertin, France
Michel Lorblanchet
Affiliation:
CNRS, Roc des Monges, 46200 Saint-Sozy, France

Extract

A worked stone from a secure Mousterian context has a bone splinter driven through it and appears to modern eyes like an attempt to represent a face. The authors argue that a face was indeed intended, and that the Roche-Cotard “proto-figurine” can be counted among the earliest art objects. At this place and date it should refer to a Neanderthal people.

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Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd. 2003

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