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 (ôr′ĭg-nā′shən, ôr′ēn-yā′-)
Of or relating to the Old World Upper Paleolithic culture between Mousterian and Solutrean, associated with early modern humans and characterized by artifacts such as figures of stone and bone, graphic artwork, the use of dress and adornment, and flaked stone blades.

[After Aurignac.]
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(Anthropology & Ethnology) of, relating to, or produced during a flint culture of the Upper Palaeolithic type characterized by the use of bone and antler tools, pins, awls, etc, and also by cave art and evidence of the beginnings of religion
[C20: from French Aurignacien, after Aurignac, France, in the Pyrenees, near which is the cave where remains were discovered]
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(ˌɔr ɪnˈyeɪ ʃən)

of or designating an Upper Paleolithic industry with stone and bone artifacts distributed from W France to the Middle East.
[1910–15; < French]
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Belonging to a period of the Paleolithic Age during which primitive humans used bone and antler tools and made cave paintings.
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(2012), "Testing models for the beginnings of the Aurignacian and the advent of figurative art and music: The radiocarbon chronology of GeiSenklosterle", Journal of Human Evolution, Vol.
In a general way this represented an as-yet-unexplained 'popularity'-driven, if not demonstrably efficiencyor efficacy-driven return to a dependence on osseous projectiles and bladelets that had originated in the European and Cantabrian Aurignacian sensu lato.
A modern human humerus from the early Aurignacian of Vogelherdhohle (Stetten, Germany).
Abri Blanchard, the site where the slab was found, has previously yielded other precious findings that have shed light on the nature of life in the Aurignacian period, which was from about 43,000 to 33,000 years ago.
For more than a century, archaeologists have placed these finds in the Aurignacian tool industry.
The most famous archetypal image of a woman, the so-called "Venus" of Willendorf, was found in 1908 by the archaeologist Josef Szombathy in an Aurignacian loess deposit in a terrace about 30 meters above the Danube near the town of Willendorf in Austria.
''Grotte Chauvet contains the earliest and best-preserved expressions of artistic creation of the Aurignacian people, which are also the earliest known figurative drawings in the world,'' UNESCO said.
Their research revealed the piece to be approximately 37,000 years old and offers rich evidence of the role art played in the daily lives of Early Aurignacian humans.
Fluvial and alluvial gravel and silt of the G1-T1 level can be attributed to the Late-Pleistocene based on the existence of abundant Aurignacian lithic industry within the lower terrace of the Mijares River, south of the studied region (Birot, 1959).
A Female Figurine from the Basal Aurignacian of Hohle Fels Cave in Southwestern Germany.