Abri Lafaye

Wikipedia logoThis page is sourced from Wikipedia

Wikipedia data hasn't been reviewed for accuracy by the Gignos Research Team

Site type:
44.05, 1.67

Excavated in the nineteenth century by Victor Brun, the Lafaye shelter also delivered at least one musical instrument: a scraper-type percussion instrument.

The "lady of Bruniquel" discovered by Victor Brun in May 1864 at the Lafaye shelter would be the most complete skeleton of the Magdalenian, She lived about 13,500 years ago. The second burial of the Lafaye shelter is that of a child between three and five years old whose remains have been less well preserved.

Also from the Lafaye shelter:

  • a slab of schist decorated with two human silhouettes with round heads which appear to be dressed in furs,
  • a reindeer antler object decorated with a geometric pattern that could represent a fish trap,
  • a thruster decorated with a horse's head, in the round characteristic of the Middle Magdalenian.

Victor Brun himself divided the objects of adornment discovered at the Lafaye shelter into several lots, the most important of which are kept at the Victor Brun Museum of Natural History in Montauban and the Museum of Aquitaine in Bordeaux (about forty objects each) to which are added some pieces found at the Museum of Nérac and in other collections. These are fragments of shells, many teeth perforated or in the process of perforation, and several pendants made of limestone, antler, and soapstone.