This is a reproduction of one of the most stunning carved friezes from the ice age. Discovered during the excavation of a rock shelter in 1950, this sculpture is noteworthy for its depictions of human figures, which are rare in parietal (wall) art.  There are several women's torsos that look uncannily like Botticelli's paintings, and a smiling human head in profile.  This 20 meter long frieze also features bison, horses, ibex, and felines.  

Since the original site is not open to the public, a reproduction in the nearby village of Angles-sur-l'Anglin was opened in 2008.  One reproduction is outside the Interpretation Center, and you are encouraged to touch it.  Another reproduction is inside and guided tours are offered, complete with a multimedia experience with images projected on the sculpture and an auditory description of the artwork and the way it was created (in French only).  Longer, more detailed tours are available by reservation.

You can see real carvings from the site, but not here.  Stone blocks bearing carvings that fell off the walls and ceiling are on display at the National Archeology Museum in Paris.

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Address: 2 Les Certeaux, 86260 Angles-sur-l'Anglin, center of the village