One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or denoting an Upper Paleolithic culture in Europe following the Aurignacian, dated to about 28,000–19,000 years ago.
- ‘These two caves set into a promontory in the foothills of the Pyrenees were occupied and decorated by hunter-gatherer groups of the Perigordian, Chatelperronian, Aurignacian, and Gravettian cultures.’
- ‘The study of the lithic industries showed that the Gravettian culture appeared earlier than it was thought or 35 000 years ago.’
- ‘This was followed by the Gravettian, stretching from France to the Ukraine, featuring small pointed stone blades with one blunt edge, small female figurines are also associated with Gravettian culture.’
- ‘We see pretty clear evidence of this as far back as the mid-Upper Palaeolithic (or Gravettian period), after about 27,000 years ago, when individual skulls or long bones were heavily ochred and separately buried.’
- ‘The ‘Red Lady’ would now be interpreted as a ceremonial interment of the Gravettian period of the Palaeolithic, such as are now known across Europe from Paviland to Moscow and south to Portugal.’
- 1.1as noun the Gravettian The Gravettian culture or period.
1930s: from la Gravette, an archaeological site in SW France, where objects from this culture were found.
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