Gravettian


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Gravettian

(ɡrəˈvɛtɪən)
adj
(Archaeology) of, referring to, or characteristic of an Upper Palaeolithic culture, characterized esp by small pointed blades with blunt backs
[C20: from La Gravette on the Dordogne, France]

Gravettian

Belonging to a Paleolithic culture in southwestern France in which people made small, pointed stone blades with blunt backs.
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Objective: The PALMOBI project investigates Early Upper Palaeolithic (EUP) hunter-gatherer interactions with their environment at micro- and macro-regional scales under variable ecological conditions through the integrative use of cutting-edge interdisciplinary methodologies and their application to the archaeological record of the Aurignacian and the Gravettian across two contrasting regions (temperate Belgium & continental Romania).
It will be shown that all evidence from the cave indicates artistic activity over several phases from the Gravettian to Early Magdalenian.
The art of ceramics for purposes other than storage can be traced as far as the ancient goddess figurines, dated back to the Gravettian Period (29,000-25,000 B.
They focus on the Early Upper Palaeolithic, encompass a wide region within Central Eastern Europe, and concentrate on the early phases of the Aurignacian and the transition to the Gravettian.
The artefacts made by humans at the site allowed archaeologists to tie the ancient people to a cultural tradition known as the Gravettian.
The I-haplogroup is thought to have been introduced into Europe by the Gravettian culture, which migrated from the Middle East roughly 25,000 years ago.
From the early Eocene primates and Miocene apes to the later pioneers of Gravettian and, finally, farming cultures that ultimately took Europe and Asia by storm, Finlayson explores the related fates of several hominid forms.
There have never been female figures among sculptures found in this region and this figure, with exaggerated female characteristics, predates the famous Gravettian Venuses by more than 5,000 years.
Evidence for this ranges from 28,000-year-old Venus figurines of the Gravettian culture celebrating female fertility to in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics and the high technology neonatal units of modern hospitals.
The Gravettian tradition in Europe lasted from about 27,000 to about 12,000 years ago (all data from Gowlett 1992).
Barber has examined a small Gravettian "Venus" figure carved from bone more than 20,000 years ago, found near the area and the time of the famous Lascaux cave paintings.