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In the forest of Plougastel, located in Finistère in Brittany, fragments of shale plates have been discovered, along with other archaeological materials. Decorated with abstract and naturalistic engravings, these tablets would date back to the early Azilian period, about 14,000 years ago. This period, still little known to prehistorians, is nevertheless important because it marks the transition between the previous period, the Magdalenian, and the Azilian, the period at the beginning of which it dates back. Even if the intrinsic function of these tablets remains a mystery, the study of these different finds could bring about more insights into the lifestyles and technical and cultural changes of these ancient societies.