Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective 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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  • adjective 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.
  • noun A member of the Aurignacian culture.

Etymologies

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[After Aurignac.]

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

Examples

  • Conard noted that the fragments of eight flutes have now been found in Swabian geological deposits dating back 30,000 to 40,000 years - deposits known as the Aurignacian layer.

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  • The Aurignacian is a smaller flake industry, with many lumps more or less conical, and often with careful parallel flaking or fluting.

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  • Not only does the jawbone indicate "the wide and rapid dispersal of the earliest moderns across Europe" during the last ice age, more than 40,000 years ago, Dr. Higham's team wrote, it was found in cave layers associated with a technology that archaeologists call the Aurignacian culture.

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  • The site has evidence of a stone and bone tool industry from 35,000 years ago called the Aurignacian, made by some of the first modern humans in Europe, or Cro-Magnons.

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  • They were the work of the earliest known representatives of our own species, _Homo sapiens_, in the phase of culture now distinguished by the name "Aurignacian".

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  • The dogwolf from Goyet Cave was a creature of the Aurignacian culture that had produced the art in Chauvet Cave.

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  • Well, well ... one guy commented in another blog it was "the Pamela Anderson of the Aurignacian culture", another said it looked more like a chicken with female human breasts (??)

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  • When Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons met up in SW France around 45,000 years ago, the Neanderthals were still making Mousterian-type tools, pretty much like those they made 100,000 years earlier, while Cro-Magnons had much finer Aurignacian blades, along with increasingly elaborate symbolic artifacts; the wall art in Chauvet Cave has been dated to 35,000 years ago.

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  • Remains for the older prehistoric dog, which were excavated at Goyet Cave in Belgium, suggest to the researchers that the Aurignacian people of Europe from the Upper Paleolithic period first domesticated dogs.

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  • Remains for the older prehistoric dog, which were excavated at Goyet Cave in Belgium, suggest to the researchers that the Aurignacian people of Europe from the Upper Paleolithic period first domesticated dogs.

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