Marie Antoinette’s private garden at Versailles is being restored to its natural glory — Life & Soul Magazine

Marie Antoinette’s more natural private garden at the Palace of Versailles is set to be restored to its former glory, as part a $2 million, multiyear restoration project. The garden, located just to the west of the Orangerie, was originally a labyrinth installed by Louis XIV in the mid-17th century, but by the time Marie […]

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Prehistoric stone engraved with horses found in France — BBC News – Science & Environment

A prehistoric engraved sandstone found at an excavation site near Angoulême station in south-western France
Denis Gliksman/Inrap.  A generated image of the prehistoric sandstone plate and its engraving

A carving believed to be about 12,000 years old has been discovered in south-western France.

The prehistoric find by archaeologists excavating a site in the south-western Angoulême district, north of Bordeaux, has been described as “exceptional”.

Markings appear on both sides of the sandstone, the National Archaeological Research Institute (Inrap) said.

It was found during work at an “ancient hunting site” near Angoulême station.

The Palaeolithic stone plate, which is said to be about 25cm long, 18cm wide and 3cm thick, “combines geometric and figurative motifs”, Inrap said.

According to the institute, the most visible engraving is that of a headless horse, which covers at least half of the stone’s surface on one side.

“Legs and hooves are very realistic,” Inrap said on its website (in French), adding: “Two other animals, smaller, are also slightly incised.”

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1,100 Mutilated Dolphin Bodies Have Washed Up on France’s Beaches — TIME

(PARIS) — The dolphins’ bodies were horribly mutilated, the fins cut off. But what shocked French marine researchers wasn’t just the brutality of the deaths of these highly intelligent mammals, but the numbers involved — a record 1,100 have landed on France’s Atlantic coast beaches since January. The mass deaths, widely blamed on industrial fishing,…

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