Baton de commandement

Baton De Commandement

Baton de commandement

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A bâton de commandement or bâton percé is a name given by archaeologists to a particular prehistoric artifact of uncertain function. The name bâtons de commandement was the name first applied to the class of artifacts, but it makes an assumption of function; the name bâton percé, meaning pierced rod, is a more recent term, and is descriptive of form rather than any presumed function.


Bâtons percés are made from a length of antler with a round hole made in one end, and often have abstract or animal designs etched into them. They have been found at Aurignacian and Magdelanian sites of the Upper Palaeolithic in Europe,

The purpose of the bâton percé was originally thought to be as a symbol of power or status, hence the early name bâton de commandement, or rod of command. Other interpretations include:
  • A symbol of fertility, with the long handle as a male phallic symbol, and the hole as representing the vagina
    • An arrow or spear straightener, with the shaft to be......
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