The Mask of la Roche-Cotard
is a Mousterian artifact
, found in 2002 in the entrance of la Roche-Cotard on the banks of the Loire River, dating back to about 33,000 BCE.
The artifact, created by Neanderthal man, is a piece of flat flint that has been shaped into the upper part of a face. A piece of bone pushed through a hole in the stone represents eyes. Though this may represent the fact that Neanderthal humans were capable of artistic expression, there is much mystery still surrounding this artifact.