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Refers to an Upper Palaeolithic toolmaking industry named after the Aurignac rock‐shelter in the French Pyrenees. The tradition appears to have begun in the Near East around 40 000 years ago and from there spread westwards. It was present in France by about 32 000 years ago where it post‐dates the Châtelperronian and precedes the Solutrean, Gravettian, and Magdalenian. Aurignacian assemblages are characterized by a high proportion of burins, but they also contain long blades, steeply retouched scrapers, and split‐based bone points.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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