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The pieces of the sculpture were discovered by a French engineer, Peccadeau de l’Isle, in 1866 while he was trying to find evidence of early man on the banks of the [[Aveyron (river)|River Aveyron]], although contemporary accounts attributed the find to Victor Brun, a local antiquarian. At the time, de l'Isle was employed in the construction of a railway line from [[Montauban]] to [[Rodez]], and while digging for [[Artifact (archaeology)|artefacts]] in his spare time he found some [[prehistoric]] flint tools and several examples of late [[Ice Age]] prehistoric art near a hill called [[Montastruc, Tarn-et-Garonne|Montastruc]].<ref name="brad"/> The finds took the name "Montastruc", although the nearest village was [[Bruniquel]]. The hill was estimated to be {{convert|98|ft|m}} high, and the artefacts were found beneath an overhang that extended for about {{convert|46|ft|m}} along the river and enclosed an area of 298 square yards (249 m²). De l'Isle had to dig through {{convert|7|m|ft}} of material to get to the level where the artefacts were found.<ref>[httphttps://www.archive.org/stream/primitiveman00figurich#page/88/mode/2up/search/montastruc Primitive Man], Louis Fiuier, p.88, accessed 2 August 2010</ref> At this time it was thought that there were two separate carvings of reindeer as it was not obvious that the two pieces fitted together.<ref name="brad">[http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/news/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1272293003&archive=&start_from=&ucat=& The swimming reindeer; a masterpiece of Ice Age art], Jill Cook, bradshawfoundation.com, accessed 2 August 2010</ref>
[[File:Mammoth Spear Thrower.jpg|thumb|left|The [[Mammoth Spear Thrower]]]]