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Description: From about 40,000 years ago, the long, thin flint blades, the leaf points of the Upper Palaeolithic, occur along with bone implements, figurines, flutes, and ivory ornaments. These diverse objects are associated with the first modern humans to reach Europe, the Cro-Magnons, and markedly different from the comparatively homogenous stone tool kit of contemporary Neanderthals. The culture linked with the early Upper Palaeolithic and the Cro-Magnons is known as the Gravettian culture. These people produced the ‘venus’ figurines, like the famous one from Dolní Vestonice in the Czech Republic, and earth-toned paintings, such as the one of lions and bison at Chauvet Cave, France. In Britain, Gravettian culture is perhaps best exemplified by the red ochre burial at Paviland cave. [pdp]

Sites with Early Upper Palaeolithic

  Site Name County MIS Natl Grid Taxa Sources Photos
  Beedings West Sussex 3 TQ0759120291 1 10 5
  Hyaena Den Somerset 3 ST5322347936 10 8 3
  Paviland Swansea 3 SS4370185851 14 15 2
  La Cotte de St Brelade Jersey 5-? 38 12 2
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