Abri Plantade

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Excavated in the 19th century at the same time as Abri Lafaye, Abri Plantade yielded around a hundred objects of adornment kept at the Victor Brun Natural History Museum in Montauban. We note a reindeer antler pin is probably intended to fix a piece of clothing (not to be confused with a needle) but the most numerous objects are pierced shells, perforated and sometimes engraved teeth, beads and bone washers, ivory beads,  etc. The number of preserved objects lends itself to a statistical analysis compared to the objects of adornment coming from the Fontalès shelter in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, from the Courbet cave in Penne, and the Lafaye, Gandil, and Montastruc shelters on site in Bruniquel. Different types of adornment characterize each place and may have played a role as symbols of identity or simply reflect chronological differences, the shelters probably not having been occupied simultaneously.

Ocher is found on a Turritella shell from the Plantade shelter as well as a scallop used as an ocher bucket.

The presence of harpoons and hooks made of bone or reindeer antlers testifies to the occupation of the Plantade shelter at the end of the Magdalenian.