Grotte Margot

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The cellar in Margot or Margot cave is an archaeological site and an ornate cave belonging to the group of caves of Saulges. It is located in the commune of Thorigné-en-Charnie, in Mayenne, in the Pays de la Loire.

In the current state of research, the Margot cellar has 124 graphic units, which are distributed as follows:

  • 95 figurative and abstract representations, including 8 horses, 8 woolly rhinoceros, 2 megaceros, 3 bovids, 5 birds, 2 anthropomorphs, 2 female sexes;
  • 3 red traces (lines);
  • 8 digital tracings (3 positive hands and 5 negative hands).

The cellar in Margot is now a major cavity of cave art, equivalent in importance to the cave of Arcy-sur-Cure, in the Yonne. Romain Pigeaud proposes to classify the figurations into two sets:

  • paintings, attributed to the Gravettian (25,000 to 32,000 years ago), contemporary with the Mayenne-Sciences cave, with positive and negative hands, bison, 1 megaceros, 2 woolly rhinoceros;
  • fine and detailed engravings, attributed to the final Magdalenian (about 13,000 years AD), with horses, 6 woolly rhinoceros, birds, 1 reindeer, 1 aurochs, both anthropomorphs and the female sex.