Aurignacian meaning

ôrĭg-nāshən, ôrēn-yā-
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.
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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.
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Relating to an Upper Paleolithic culture in Europe between the Mousterian and Solutrean cultures, dating from around 32,000 to 25,000 years ago and characterized by flaked stone, bone, and antler tools such as scrapers, awls, and burins (engraving tools). Aurignacian culture is associated with Cro-Magnon populations and is especially noted for its well-developed art tradition, including engraved and sculpted animal forms and female figurines thought to be fertility objects. The earliest fully developed cave art, such as the painted animals in the Lascaux cave in southwest France, dates from this period.
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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.
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A member of the Aurignacian culture.
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Origin of aurignacian

  • After Aurignac

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Aurignac +‎ -ian, after the French town of Aurignac, where remains from the culture were found.

    From Wiktionary