Mammoth Engraving

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Emma Groeneveld
published on 09 January 2018
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Cast of an engraving of a woolly mammoth on mammoth ivory made by early modern humans (Homo sapiens) at the rock shelter of La Madeleine, France, between c. 17,000- c. 11,000 years ago. It resides at the Collection de Paleontologie du Museum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris, France, but was on loan at the Australian Museum in Sydney when this picture was taken in December 2017. The info provided there regarding this engraving was the following:

'While exploring the rock shelter of La Madeleine in the 1860s, prehistorian Eduoard Lartet found this mammoth ivory plaque shattered in five pieces. Upon placing the pieces back together, he noticed an engraving of a mammoth. It was one of the first artifacts to confirm that humans and mammoths had lived together during prehistory.

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About the Author

Emma Groeneveld
Emma has studied History & Ancient History. During her Master's she focused on Herodotus as well as the juicy politics of ancient courts, but more recently she has been immersing herself in everything prehistoric. She both writes and edits for AHE.

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Groeneveld, E. (2018, January 09). Mammoth Engraving. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Groeneveld, Emma. "Mammoth Engraving." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 09, 2018.

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Groeneveld, Emma. "Mammoth Engraving." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 09 Jan 2018. Web. 28 Nov 2020.

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