Magdalenian meaning

măgdə-lēnē-ən
Of or relating to the last Upper Paleolithic culture of Europe, succeeding the Solutrean.
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Designating or of an Upper Paleolithic culture characterized by cave art, bone engraving, and tools of polished stone and bone.
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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.
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Origin of magdalenian

  • French magdalénien after La Madeleine , a prehistoric site of southwest France

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