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[awr-in-yey-shuh n] /ˌɔr ɪnˈyeɪ ʃən/
of, belonging to, or typical of an Upper Paleolithic industry with characteristic stone and bone artifacts that is distributed from western France to eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Origin of Aurignacian
First recorded in 1910-15; Aurignac + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • No trace of Aurignacian culture has, so far, been found outside Europe.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • Cr-Magnon and possibly Aurignacian race in the stage of Aurignacian culture.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • If Magic was practised in the Aurignacian culture (say) 20,000 years ago, how can we get to the back of it?

  • The artistic work of Solutrean times is not so rich as that of the Aurignacian.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The Aurignacian pictures in the caves of Western Europe suggest that these beliefs were extremely ancient.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • He suggests that the Cr-Magnon type may be considered a further development of the Aurignacian.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The associated mammalian life was that of the reindeer and the industry is now known to be of the Aurignacian stage.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The human sculptures are determined to be of late Aurignacian age, because they are buried in an early Solutrean talus.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • But the interment is considered to be later, and of Aurignacian antiquity.

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
  • The Magdalenian retouch shows no influence of the Solutrean; it is even more blunt and marginal than the late Aurignacian.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
British Dictionary definitions for Aurignacian


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
Word Origin
C20: from French Aurignacien, after Aurignac, France, in the Pyrenees, near which is the cave where remains were discovered
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Aurignacian in Science
  (ôr'ĭg-nā'shən, ôr'ēn-yā'-)   
Relating to an Upper Paleolithic culture in Europe between the Mousterian and Solutrean cultures, dating from around 32,000 to 25,000 years ago and characterized by flaked stone, bone, and antler tools such as scrapers, awls, and burins (engraving tools). Aurignacian culture is associated with Cro-Magnon populations and is especially noted for its well-developed art tradition, including engraved and sculpted animal forms and female figurines thought to be fertility objects. The earliest fully developed cave art, such as the painted animals in the Lascaux cave in southwest France, dates from this period.
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