Definitions for magdalenianˌmæg dəˈli ni ən
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Mag•da•le•ni•anˌmæg dəˈli ni ən(adj.)
of or designating the final Paleolithic culture of much of W Europe, cl3,000–l0,000 b.c. , notable for its artifacts and cave art.
Origin of Magdalenian:
1880–85; < F magdalénien=Magdalen- from La Madeleine, the type site in SW France) +-ien -ian
The Magdalenian, refers to one of the later cultures of the Upper Paleolithic in western Europe, dating from around 17,000 to 12,000 years ago. It is named after the type site of La Madeleine, a rock shelter located in the Vézère valley, commune of Tursac, in the Dordogne department of France. Originally termed "L'âge du renne" by Édouard Lartet and Henry Christy, the first systematic excavators of the type site, in their publication of 1875, the Magdalenian is synonymous in many people's minds with reindeer hunters, although Magdalenian sites also contain extensive evidence for the hunting of red deer, horse and other large mammals present in Europe towards the end of the last ice age. The culture was geographically widespread, and later Magdalenian sites have been found from Portugal in the west to Poland in the east.
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