Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Magdalenian Tool Tradition

Final stage of the Upper Paleolithic stone tool assemblage series dating from around 18-12 kya; named for the La Madeleine rockshelter on the Vézère River, France. It is characterized by the use of long and thin blades, delicate ivory carving, composite instruments such as the harpoon and atlatl, polychrome paintings, and engraving with both geometric and representational motifs. Aka Reindeer Age.

See Chancelade.

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