General Information

Name: S51

Synonym Name(s):

First Description: Debénath 1975

Repository: Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Angoulême

Property Status: Ville d'Angouleme

Copyright Holder(s): Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Angoulême

Curator(s): Jean-Francois Tournepiche

Cultural Attribution: Middle Palaeolithic:Mousterian

Geochronological Attribution:


Taxon / Sex / Age Group

Taxon: Neanderthal

Sex: Undefined

Age Group: adult (20yrs or more)




Pathology / Preservation


Pathology Bibliography:

Preserved Skeletal Party: cranial fragment occipital

Laterality: unknown

Polarity: unknown

Preservation: fragmentary

Preservation Details:

It's a fragmentary cranial vault with the frontal, the two parietals and the occipital

Human Activity:

Carnivore Activity:


Age Determination

Dating Abstract: This level has been attributed to the Riss III by André Debénath (1974)

Dating Association: Relative Dating

Dating Analysis:




X Coordinate:

Y Coordinate:

Z Coordinate:

Unit: m


Linked Files / Pages

Data Type:

Collection Item(s):


Teilhol 2001

Debénath 1975

Debénath 1977

Hublin 1980

Multimedia Files:



SRmicroCT_S51_right parietal


SRmicroCT_S51_left parietal




Linked Pages:

France - Neanderthal



Additional Content

This cranial vault is in a good state of preservation: On the frontal, the coronal suture is visible but the anterior part is missing. So, it's difficult to see if there was the beginning of the supra-orbital torus. Any metopic suture is visible. The fracture is just in the superior part of the frontal sinus. The right parietal is almost complete. There are the coronal, the lambdoid and the sagittal sutures. The left parietal is almost complete but less than the right. The antero-inferior quarter is missing. The three sutures are visible too, but not totally. This parietal has been deformed longitudinally. The parietal bosses are clearly marked. Any trace of vascularisation are visible on the endocranial surface of the brain-case. For the two parietal, there is a post-coronal constriction. The occipital is fragmentary, but the lambdoid and temporal sutures are totally present. The thickness of the skull is not important and the remains are very fragile despite of the good state of preservation of the calotte. The cranial capacity have been estimated: around 1050 cm 3 information comes from Debénath (1977) and Teilhol (2001) (c) Aude Bergeret, Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Angouleme




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