Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Ethonym for a Mesolithic people or culture considered to be descended from the FrancoCantabrian Magdalenian culture of the late upper Paleolithic. The Azilians occupied western Europe and were a hunting and fishing culture that used harpoons, lived in small isolated communities, and inhabited caves. Azilian technology and art is considered to be poor in comparison to the Magdalenians; Azilian art was much more abstract than the art of the Magdalenians. Azilian culture existed from c. 11.5 to 9.5 kya.

See Mas d’Azil.

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