Abri de la Madeleine

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Abri de la Madeleine
La Madeleine cave, France
La Madeleine rock shelter
location in Aquitaine and France
location in Aquitaine and France
La Madeleine rock shelter location in France
location in Aquitaine and France
location in Aquitaine and France
Abri de la Madeleine (France)
Alternative name Magdalene rock shelter
Location near Tursac, Dordogne département
Region Aquitaine région, southwestern France
Coordinates 44°58′05″N 1°01′44″E / 44.96806°N 1.02889°E / 44.96806; 1.02889Coordinates: 44°58′05″N 1°01′44″E / 44.96806°N 1.02889°E / 44.96806; 1.02889
Periods Upper Palaeolithic,
Cultures Magdalenian
Associated with European early modern humans
Site notes
Excavation dates 1875
Archaeologists Édouard Lartet, Henry Christy
Perforated baton with low relief horse, from the Abri de la Madeleine, British Museum.

The archaeological site Abri de la Madeleine (Magdalene Shelter) is a rock shelter under an overhanging cliff situated near Tursac, in the Dordogne département of the Aquitaine Région of South-Western France. It represents the type site of the Magdalenian culture of the Upper Paleolithic.[1] The Bison Licking Insect Bite, a 20,000 year old carving of exceptional artistic quality was excavated at the site. The shelter was also occupied during the Middle Ages. The medieval castle of Petit Marsac stands on the top of the cliff just above the shelter.[2]


Édouard Lartet & Henry Christy were the first systematic excavators of the site, and published their findings in 1875 under the name of the Age of the Reindeer ("L'âge du renne"). Objects that were found at the la Madeleine site are distributed among a number of museums, including the Muséum de Toulouse, the Musee des Antiquites Nationales, St. Germain-en-Laye and the British Museum.



  1. ^ Brian M. Fagan. "History of Archaeology Before 1900". Oxfordreference. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "What is prehistoric art?". online art center. Retrieved March 1, 2019.

Further reading

  • Laming-Emperaire, Annette. Origines de l'archéologie préhistorique en France, 1964.

External links

  • Abri de la Madeleine at The Magalithic Portal.

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