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Upper Palaeolithic cultures of western Europe named after material recovered from the site of Solutré in the Saône‐et‐Loire in central France. The flint industries of the Solutrean are characterized by bifacially chipped laurel‐leaf points. Examples date from around 17 000 years ago and were first made using pressure flaking. By the later phases of the Solutrean pressure flaking was also used to produce slim leaf‐shaped projectile heads and small single‐shouldered points. Many of the decorated caves in southern France belong to this period.

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