Mousterian from the Château de la Roche-Courbon site

This is a classic, very flat, paper thin, non-Levallois  Mousterian Point from the Château de la Roche-Courbon site (Charente-Maritime; 7×4,5x cm). It has an uncommon square outline, very rare during the Middle Paleolithic of the old world.

Not far from Saintes, at St. Porchaire, the river Bruant, a small tributary of the Charente, flows through the gardens of the Château de la Roche Courbon, feeding its water features.

The Grotte Château de La Roche Courbon (caves of the Chateau La Roche Courbon) are numerous small caverns located south of the castle at the foot of a limestone cliff. The caves were used during the Paleolithic and numerous remains were found in the caves since the 1880ies. The diggings were unsystematically and non-scientific-therefore we have only a vague idea what was present at these sites and what got lost.

Lithics found at Grotte Château de La Roche Courbon from the Mousterian, Châtelperronian, Aurignacian and Gravettian can bee seen in the Museum at the Château. No contextual informations have survived. Much lithic material was discarded during for reasons of space

Other prehistoric sites at the Bruant are known:

  • La Vauzelle ( MTA, Mousterian Quina, Châtelperronian, Aurignacian, Magdalenian)
  • Grottes de La Flétrie (Mousterian and Aurignacian)
  • Grottes du Triangle (engraved Plaquette probably Magdalenian)

Further reading: André Debénath Néandertaliens et Cro-Magons : Les temps glaciaires dans le bassin de la Charente 2006 (ebook for a very cheap price!

Grottes du parc du Château de la Roche-Courbon (Wikipedia):

About Katzman

During my whole life I was fascinated by stone age artefacts. Not only the aesthetic qualities of these findings, but also the stories around them and the considerations arising from their discovery, are a part of my blog. Comments and contributions are allways welcome! About me: J.L. Katzman (Pseudonym). Born in Vienna. Left Austria in 1974 and did not regret. Studied Medicine and Prehistory at a German University. Member of a Medical Department at a German University. Copyright 2010-2017 by JLK. All Rights Reserved. You are welcome to use material in these posts so long as you cite the work.
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