In the depths of the Gallery of the Crosshatching, around 20 traces of human feet distributed across an area around 70 m in length have been noted. Their regular spacing and size (36) have led to their interpretation as the prints of an adolescent walking with bare feet and coming from the back of the gallery. The trail follows the path imposed by the low ceiling (1.20 m above the trail). It may have been a child, given the person's size and the proportion of their feet, who regularly smeared their torch above their path. These charcoal smears, dating to 26,000 years ago, appear to have been intentionally placed in the direction opposite to that of the path, in order to mark the way back.
Galerie des Croisillons
Type de notice:
Michel-Alain GARCIA †
L’empreinte n° 1
Empreinte de pied droit d’adolescent