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The Laugerie-Haute shelter is located in the commune of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, in Dordogne, on the right bank of the Vézère Valley.

It is one of fifteen "prehistoric sites and decorated caves of the Vézère Valley" listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

The excavations have uncovered numerous bone and flint tools in this vast deposit of nearly 200 m long. The shelter has yielded traces of Gravettian, Solutrean, and Magdalenian occupations, a period between 24,000 and 15,000 years BP.

The archaeological levels reveal a very abundant lithic tooling, an elaborate bone industry as well as movable or block art objects engraved mainly in the upper layer.

The site is one of the largest in the Vézère Valley. Recent excavations have yielded lithic material as far as the banks of the Vézère, revealing a habitat that extends over more than 1,000 m2 from the shelter to the river.