This is a heavy burin on truncation coming from a collection assembled before 1930 by Mr. Sanay in Paris, found at the rock shelter of Soucy near the Roche de Lalinde and Gare de Couze site in the Dordogne / S/W-France.
These sites are famous for their engravings, especially those of female figurines engraved on limestone slabs, once called by G. Bosinski: Femmes sans tête. These figurines were made both as portable statues, rock engravings, stone plaquettes and schist slabs. They display no head and are represent highly stylized femal bodies, with over-sized buttocks, long trunks and small or missing breasts. They are known from France (Combarelles, Fontalès, Lalinde, Gare de Couze), Germany (Gönnersdorf, Andernach, Petersfels, Nebra, Oelknitz) but are also from Moravia (Pekárna), Mégarnie, in Belgium, Wilczyce in Poland and Italia (Grotta Romanelli). The stylized statuettes from Mezin and Mežirič in the Ukraine are earlier than those in the rest of Europe, but maybe an independent invention.
Such portable limestone plaquettes show numbers of schematized female figures in dance formation. In his microscopic analysis of female imagery from Gönnersdorf, Lalinde, and Mezin, among other sites, Marshack demonstrates that vulvas, vaginas, and buttocks were repeatedly overmarked, presum- pprobably on different Ritual (?) occasions. On the Lalinde plaquette, women are linked by lines running between the deeply gouged powerpoints of their vulvas.
Soucy is situated near the final Magdalenian sites of Lalinde and Gare de Couze (Upper Magdalenian in the Dordogne starts around 18,2 k.a. cal BP, final Magdalenian around 17 k.a. cal BP). Soucy was a large rock shelter on the right side of the Dordogne valley, partially destroyed by weathering. It was detected as an archaeological site by M. de Bracquemont in 1881 and later excavated indepently by Delugin and R. Daniel around 1912. D. Peyrony visited the site in 1918 and detected in the deblais engravings on limestones slabs, similar to those, that have been found at Lalinde and Gare the Couze.
By the presence of Harpoons and burins de Bec-de-perroquets, it became soon clear that the lithic material, discovered here, came from a final Magdalenian. The excavators reported that the findings came from 3 or 4 strata, which according to them showed no differences in the overall composition of the lithic inventories.
The inventory consists of many burins, mainly dièdre, followed by burins on truncation. These burins rather robust and may have played a role in the production of engraving on limestone slabs. The site is rich on becs de perroquet, dispersed over several collections (collection Delugin, Musée de Périgueux, Musée de Toulouse and others). Many backed blade lets may have left unrecognized, during the early excavations. 3 pointes de Laugerie-Basse, characteristic for the late Magdalenian S/W-France are also present.
The last photo shows the engraved limestone block from Lalinde, displaying several figurines “sans tete” Source: Picture taken in 1974 at the Musée National de Préhistoire, Les Eyzies)