The National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap) reported on Wednesday (December 4th) the existence of a new 4 cm high Vénus female chalk statuette: part of the Vénus de Renancourt series first discovered in 2014. It is a rare example of hunter-gatherers’ Gravettian art created between 28,000 and 22,000 BC. Dating from the Paleolithic period, this Vénus de Renancourt was found in July 2019 by archaeologists during excavations in Amiens (northern France). It is the last of a series of 15 statuettes discovered in Amiens since the beginning of the 2014 excavation there, but this one is the only one found whole.
Framed by a checkered headdress, this Vénus de Renancourt echoes aspects of the Vénus of Brassempouy (Landes, South-West France), the Vénus of Willendorf (Austria) and the famous Vénus de Lespugue (Haute-Garonne).