Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Aurignacian Tool Tradition

Upper Paleolithic culture period dating in Europe from about 43 to 15 kya that also includes art objects, and that is usually diagnostic of AMHs, especially the Cro-Magnon people. The tool kit may contain flint side and end scrapers, tips, blades, and bladelets indicative of composite tools, as well as bone and ivory implements such as awls and spear points. The earliest example is found in Bacho Kiro Cave and dates to 43 kya. Early Aurignacian sites in Spain, Bulgaria and Russia date to 43 kya; dates in France are in the range c. 40-30 kya. Aka Sebilian.

See Aurignac.

Cf. Gravettian.

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