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Altamira

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The site of a cave with Palaeolithic rock paintings, south of Santander in northern Spain, discovered in 1879. The paintings are realistic depictions of deer, wild boar, and especially...

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Aurignacian

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[CP]

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...

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bâton de commandement

Overview page. Subjects: Archaeology.

[Ar]

An implement made from antler with a cylindrical hole at one end. Often decorated, and dating from the Aurignacian through to the upper Magdalenian. Interpretations vary from...

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Côa Valley, Portugal

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[Si]

An extensive series of open‐air Palaeolithic rock‐art panels in the deeply incised valley of the River Côa, a tributary of the Douro, in northern Portugal. The first panels...

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Creswell Crags, Derbyshire, England

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[Si]

A steep‐sided gorge with numerous occupied caves and fissures opening into the cliffs on either side. Scientific interest in the caves began in the 1860s and soon yielded...

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Lascaux

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The site of a cave in the Dordogne, France, which is richly decorated with Palaeolithic wall paintings of animals dated to the Magdalenian period. Discovered in 1940, the cave was closed in...

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Niaux Cave, Ariège, France

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[Si]

Extensive cave system in the valley of the Ariège on the edge of the French Pyrenees, where Palaeolithic paintings were discovered in 1906. Researches over the succeeding...

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Rouffignac, France

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[Si]

A large cave system in the Dordogne of southern France with occupation deposits in the entrance area dating to the period between 9000 and 8000 bc, the Sauveterrian. In 1947...

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