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Palaeolithic engraved stone discovered in France
Thursday 06 June 2019

An article on the BBC - Prehistoric stone engraved with horses found in France - reports on an engraved stone believed to be 12,000 years old which has been discovered in France.

A generated image of the prehistoric sandstone plate and its engraving
A generated image of the prehistoric sandstone plate and its engraving. Image: Denis Gliksman/Inrap.

The engravings depict what appear to be a horse, other animals and geometric motifs. The prehistoric find by archaeologists excavating a site - an ancient hunting site - in the south-western Angoulême district, north of Bordeaux, has been described as "exceptional".

Prehistoric rear front legs horse France
What researchers believe to be the rear of the horse (left) and the front legs of a horse (right). Image: Denis Gliksman/Inrap.

The National Archaeological Research Institute (Inrap) revealed that the markings appear on both sides of the sandstone. The Palaeolithic stone plate is roughly 25cm long, 18cm wide and 3cm thick.

According to the institute, the most visible engraving is a partial horse, which covers at least half of the stone's surface on one side. The other animals featured on the stone are slightly smaller, and could be another horse and a deer - which has a distinct shape to its hooves.

Other items unearthed at the site in Angoulême include hearths with bone remains of fauna and a flint-sized post. Arrowheads and cut flints have also been found in the area.

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