Definition of Aurignacian in English:


Pronunciation /ˈˌôrəˈɡnāSHən/ /ˈˌɔrəˈɡneɪʃən/


  • Relating to or denoting the early stages of the Upper Paleolithic culture in Europe and the Near East. It is dated in most places to about 34,000–29,000 years ago, and is associated with Cro-Magnon Man.

    ‘most of the finds depict animals and date from the Aurignacian period’
    • ‘With the skeletons were Upper Palaeolithic flint tools of Aurignacian type and signs of decorative art in the form of pierced sea shells.’
    • ‘The Mladec collection also includes Aurignacian tools and art associated with early modern humans.’
    • ‘By 25,000 years ago, the Aurignacian culture had virtually disappeared, confined to a few small pockets scattered across southern Europe.’
    • ‘Modern humans, Homo sapiens, are known in northern Europe from about 40,000 BC and are associated with new styles of flint and stone tools, known as the Aurignacian.’
    • ‘This is the oldest assemblage of modern humans in Europe which retains many portions of the skeleton plus archaeological objects from the Aurignacian period.’


the Aurignacian
  • The early period of the Upper Paleolithic culture in Europe and the Near East.

    • ‘they derived from the time period of the middle to late Aurignacian of Central Europe’


Early 20th century from French Aurignacien, from Aurignac in SW France, where objects from this culture were found.