Large and small scale marvels on show at French museum

The 4cm tall Gravettian ‘Vénus’ going on display

A rare Vénus statue is to be showcased at the Musée de Picardie, just reopened after a €26million refit

This tiny but amazing statuette is going on display in Amiens this March.

Just 4cm tall, this Gravettian ‘Vénus’ figure was excavated last year during an archaeological dig at Renancourt (Somme) and carbon dating has established that it is around 23,000 years old.

The excavation site is thought to have been a hunting camp; weapons and blades have been discovered as well as a large number of equine bones suggesting the consumption of horse meat. 

The site has yielded 15 similar statuettes, and other examples have been found across France, ...

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