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Gravettian Line breaks: Gra¦vet|tian
Pronunciation: /ɡrəˈvɛtɪən/

Definition of Gravettian in English:


1Relating to or denoting an Upper Palaeolithic culture in Europe following the Aurignacian, dated to about 28,000–19,000 years ago.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1 (as 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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