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[mag-duh-lee-nee-uh n] /ˌmæg dəˈli ni ən/
of or relating to the final Paleolithic culture of much of western Europe, dating from c13,000–10,000 b.c. and notable for its artifacts of bone, antler, and ivory and for the cave art of western France and northeastern Spain.
Origin of Magdalenian
1880-85; < French magdalénien, equivalent to Magdalen- (Latinization of La Madeleine, the type site in SW France) + -ien -ian Unabridged
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  • At this point, therefore, it is interesting to compare the Magdalenian industry of Germany with that of France.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • For many palethnographers this is a “facies local” of the Magdalenian period.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
  • We may confidently assume that there was a large and stirring population of human beings on it during the Magdalenian cold.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • Speech was probably the greatest invention of Magdalenian man.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • England was probably detached from the Continent about the end of the Magdalenian period.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • The building of homes of any kind seems to be unknown to Magdalenian man.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • I cannot here dwell at length on the triumphs of Aurignacian and Magdalenian artistry.

  • It coincides with the oncoming of the cold, either in the Mousterian or the Magdalenian.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • Solutrean culture gradually declined and vanished and Magdalenian became supreme.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • This region had been the great centre of the Magdalenian culture.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
British Dictionary definitions for Magdalenian


of or relating to the latest Palaeolithic culture in Europe, which ended about 10 000 years ago
the Magdalenian culture
Word Origin
C19: from French magdalénien, after La Madeleine, village in Dordogne, France, near which artefacts of the culture were found
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Magdalenian in Science
Relating to the final Upper Paleolithic culture of Europe, succeeding the Solutrean and dating from about 17,000 to 11,000 years ago. Magdalenian tools and weapons are highly specialized and demonstrate skilled craftsmanship in bone and antler as well as flaked stone. The Magdalenians are best known for their sophisticated artwork, including engravings, sculpture, and polychrome wall paintings such as those found in the Altamira caverns in northern Spain.
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