designating or of an Upper Paleolithic culture, characterized by stone tools called burins which were used for carving wood, bone, and ivory: Aurignacian peoples are credited with producing the earliest cave paintings in W Europe
Origin of AurignacianFrench Aurignacien, after Aurignac, village in southern France, in whose caves artifacts were discovered
Of or relating to the Old World Upper Paleolithic culture between Mousterian and Solutrean, associated with early modern humans and characterized by artifacts such as figures of stone and bone, graphic artwork, the use of dress and adornment, and flaked stone blades.
Origin of AurignacianAfter Aurignac
- From or pertaining to a culture of the Upper Paleolithic, located in Europe and southwest Asia from circa 45,000 to 35,000 years ago, known from archaeological remains.
- A member of the Aurignacian culture.