L’Aurignacien de Grande Bretagne

Robert Dinnis

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The Aurignacian of Britain is characterised by a comparatively smallamount of material, and as a result has remained understudied. This materialindicates that Aurignacian occupation of Britain was confined only to later phases of the continental sequence, and was geographically restricted to thewest. These factors suggest that the British Aurignacian was a short-livedevent, most likely relating to one (or more) of the more significant warmer phases identified in the climatic records of the North Atlantic. The presenceof “Paviland burin” bladelet core artefacts –different from, but sharingsimilarities with, the burin busqué– in Belgium and Britain, suggests culturalaffinity between the two regions. This cultural affinity may relate to a late Aurignacian occupation centred on the now submerged Channel River.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLe Paléolithique supérieur ancien de l'Europe du Nord-Ouest
Subtitle of host publicationRéflexions et synthèses à partir d’un projet collectif de recherche sur le centre et le sud du Bassin parisien. Mémoire LVI de la Société préhistorique française
EditorsPierre Bodu, Lucie Chehmana, Laurent Klaric, Ludovic Mevel, Sylvain Soriano, Nicolas Teyssandier
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Early upper palaeolithic
  • Aurignacian
  • Britain
  • North-West Europe
  • bladelet production


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