Le Moustier is an archeological site consisting of two rock shelters in Peyzac-le-Moustier, a village near Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, Dordogne, France. It is known for a fossilized skull of the species Homo neanderthalensis that was discovered in 1909. The Mousterian tool culture is named after Le Moustier, which was first excavated from 1863 by the Englishman Henry Christy and the Frenchman Édouard Lartet.
The Le Moustier skull is estimated as approximately 45,000 years old. Its characteristics include a large nasal cavity and a somewhat less developed brow ridge and occipital bun as might be expected in a juvenile.
Flint handaxe, excavated 1863, British Museum
- Australian Museum[Retrieved 2012-01-06]
- Media related to Le Moustier at Wikimedia Commons