The site of Abri Pataud is situated in the village of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac in the Vézère valley in Dordogne, south-western France, an area extremely rich in Palaeolithic sites including painted caves. The rock shelter’s well-stratified sequence reaches from the Aurignacian (c. 35 000 BP) to the Solutrean (c. 20 000 BP).
The site was discovered in the late 19th century. It has been subject to major excavations between 1958 and 1964 under the direction of Hallam L. Movius, and between 2005 and 2014 under the direction of Roland Nespoulet and Laurent Chiotti. This fieldwork has yielded a rich collection of lithic and organic artefacts as well as human remains linked with the Protomagdalenian occupation.
Bricker H. M. 1995. Le Paléolithique supérieur de l’abri Pataud (Dordogne) : les fouilles de H. L. Movius Jr.. Éditions de la maison des sciences de l’homme (Documents d’archéologie française, 50), Paris.
Movius H. L. Jr., 1975. Excavation of the abri Pataud, Les Eyzies (Dordogne): Contributors. Peabody Museum, Harvard University (American School of Prehistoric Research, bull. 30), Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Movius H. L. Jr., 1977. Excavation of the abri Pataud, Les Eyzies (Dordogne): Stratigraphy. Peabody Museum, Harvard University (American School of Prehistoric Research, bull. 31), Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Nespoulet, R., Chiotti, L. and Henry-Gambier, D. 2013. Le Gravettien final de l’abri Pataud (Dordogne, France). Fouilles et études 2005-2009. BAR International Series 2458. Archaeopress, Oxford.
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