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Pointes de projectiles découvertes sur le site du rocher l’Impératrice
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Projectile points discovered at the Rocher de l’Impératrice site in Plougastel-Daoulas, Finistère. This rock shelter, where digging began in 2013, was mainly occupied at the start of the Azilian, around 14,500 years ago. It was used for short periods by hunters visiting the valley that is now under the sea. The remains of flint tools have been found there, as well as engraved schist tablets. Here, figures 1 to 8 are bipoints; 9 to 11 are regular monopoints; 12 and 13 are irregular monopoints; and 14 and 15 are bipoint preforms abandoned at different stages. Other tools have also been found, including knives and burins for engraving various materials. These valuable remains provide information about the economy of the first Azilian societies, currently little documented, which developed after the Ice Age and the Magdalenian culture (Lascaux, Niaux, Font-de-Gaume, etc.).(Naudinot N, Bourdier C, Laforge M, Paris C, Bellot-Gurlet L, Beyries S, et al. (2017) Divergence in the evolution of Paleolithic symbolic and technological systems: The shining bull and engraved tablets of Rocher de l'Impératrice. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0173037.)