Horse images cut into stone said to be 12,000 years old

By | June 8, 2019
 showing the primary depiction of the Equus caballus Horse images cutting into rock said to endure 12,000 years old
One side of the block of sandstone, showing the primary depiction of the horse. Photo: Denis Gliksman, Inrap

A slice of sandstone recovered inward France, depicting a Equus caballus in addition to 4 other herbivores, is believed to endure 12,000 years old.

The sandstone has been decorated on both sides, amongst the creator combining his beast illustrations amongst geometric decoration.

The piece, constitute inward southwestern Angoulême, inward the Bordeaux district, is linked to a hunting site associated amongst the Azilian culture. They were hunter-gatherers who lived inward southern French Republic in addition to northern Spain.

The honour is described past times archaeologists amongst the French National Archaeological Research Institute (Inrap) equally particular inward the context of Azilian artistic production.

The siliceous sandstone was believed to accept been locally sourced in addition to measures 25cm long past times 18cm wide. It is almost 3cm thick.

Parallel incisions occupy its 2 edges, leaving a key house for a silhouette, in all likelihood of an auroch, an extinct species of cattle.

However, the most visible engraving is that of a headless horse, which occupies one-half the surface. The rump in addition to the dorsum follow the curves of the natural border of the stone. Very fine incisions advise an attempt out to recreate the coat.

The 4 legs are represented, but exclusively 3 hooves are represented (the correct hind hoof is missing).

 showing the primary depiction of the Equus caballus Horse images cutting into rock said to endure 12,000 years old
Enhanced imaging shows the drawings on 1 side of the stone. Photo: Denis Gliksman, Inrap

The legs in addition to hooves are really realistic in addition to good created, in addition to look to exhibit the beast at a walk.

Geometric patterns are superimposed on the horse.

Two other depicted animals are smaller. One is in all likelihood a fellow member of the deer solid unit of measurement in addition to the other mayhap a horse, almost consummate but represented inward a to a greater extent than schematic style.

On the other side, the incised lines are peculiarly fine, suggesting the nurture one-half of a horse.

Archaeologists country their report of the object has exclusively but begun, amongst time to come function to focus on interpreting the illustrations in addition to dating the slice to a greater extent than precisely.

The site where it was constitute inward Angoulême includes rudimentary fireplaces, os remains from animals hunted for food, in addition to a flint-sized post.

Arrowheads in addition to cutting flints accept likewise been unearthed inward the area.

The slice of sandstone volition endure set on world display briefly inward mid-June.

 showing the primary depiction of the Equus caballus Horse images cutting into rock said to endure 12,000 years old
The other side of the rock includes a depiction of the nurture one-half of a horse. Photo: Denis Gliksman, Inrap
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