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Of or relating to the last Upper Paleolithic culture of Europe, succeeding the Solutrean.

[French magdalénien, after La Madeleine, a prehistoric site of southwest France.]


(Archaeology) of or relating to the latest Palaeolithic culture in Europe, which ended about 10 000 years ago
(Archaeology) the Magdalenian culture
[C19: from French magdalénien, after La Madeleine, village in Dordogne, France, near which artefacts of the culture were found]


(ˌmæg dəˈli ni ən)

of or designating the final Paleolithic culture of much of W Europe, cl3,000–l0,000 b.c., notable for its artifacts and cave art.
[1880–85; < French magdalénien=Magdalen- from La Madeleine, the type site in SW France) + -ien -ian]
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Life in Limbo" and "Stone Age Artists: the Magdalenian Masters" will screen.
Though written by a man, Ashton Hilliers's The Master-Girl: A Romance (1910), set among the magnificent physical specimens of the Magdalenian culture of the Upper Palaeolithic, is the most evidently feminist prehistoric fiction of the period.
In fact, we are descendants of the Magdalenian reindeer hunters of the north-western tundra zone, who moved into Britain as the ice receded around 10,000BC.
Dobres (1999a) examines the social relations of production in Magdalenian hunter-gatherers by examining microscale variation found among stone and bone tools.
Gaudier-Brzeska's studio is described as "his Font de Gaume," the site of Magdalenian cave paintings in the Val Dordogne (18; 156).
Did this apple feel sympathy toward the empty outstretched hand, with fingers spread, round which a Magdalenian blew granules of ochre, to fix that negative hand on his holy cavern wall?
During the Magdalenian period, the walls and ceilings of Lascaux were painted with remarkably sophisticated, graceful animal figures - today a well-known symbol of early humans' ability to think and to create.
Her team plans to conduct microscopic studies of scattered human bones at other European sites that, like Gough's Cave, contain artifacts from the Magdalenian culture.
The earliest images may date to before 30 000 BC, but that would put them at odds with classic stylistic analysis that suggests a more recent age, later than 28 000 BC and in some instances perhaps attributable to the Magdalenian (18 000-12 000 BC).
The films "Life in Limbo" and "Stone Age Artists: The Magdalenian Masters" will be shown at 7:30 p.