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Creeping Hyena Spear Thrower of La Madeleine

Illustration

Emma Groeneveld
by Enigma51
published on 09 December 2016
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This 'creeping hyena' forms the highly decorated butt-end of an Upper Palaeolithic spear thrower (also known as atlatl). The hook used to propel the spear is clearly visible. It was found at La Madeleine rock shelter in Tursac, Dordogne, France, and belongs to the Magdalenien culture (c. 17,000 c. 12,000 years ago). It is 10.7 cm long and is on display in the National Prehistory Museum in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, France.

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Enigma51, . (2016, December 09). Creeping Hyena Spear Thrower of La Madeleine. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/6113/creeping-hyena-spear-thrower-of-la-madeleine/

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Enigma51, . "Creeping Hyena Spear Thrower of La Madeleine." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 09, 2016. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/6113/creeping-hyena-spear-thrower-of-la-madeleine/.

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Enigma51, . "Creeping Hyena Spear Thrower of La Madeleine." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 09 Dec 2016. Web. 20 Apr 2021.

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