Magdalenian[mag′də lē′nē ən]
Magdalenian definition by Webster's New World
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designating or of an Upper Paleolithic culture characterized by cave art, bone engraving, and tools of polished stone and bone
Origin: French magdalénien, after La Madeleine, rock shelter in southwestern France, where many of the artifacts were found
Magdalenian definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Of or relating to the last Upper Paleolithic culture of Europe, succeeding the Aurignacian.
Origin: French magdalénien, after La Madeleine, a prehistoric site of southwest France.
magdalenian - Science Definition
Relating to the final Upper Paleolithic culture of Europe, succeeding the Solutrean and dating from about 17,000 to 11,000 years ago. Magdalenian tools and weapons are highly specialized and demonstrate skilled craftsmanship in bone and antler as well as flaked stone. The Magdalenians are best known for their sophisticated artwork, including engravings, sculpture, and polychrome wall paintings such as those found in the Altamira caverns in northern Spain.