The time slot for Middle and Late Upper Palaeolithic (MUP, LUP) in Hungary is filled in by two large cultural phyla of the Gravettian entity, notably the blade-dominated and the pebble-dominated industries, extending through three chronological horizons. The Epigravettian cultures following the Last Glacial Maximum are not only temporal successors of the “Golden Age” in an etymological sense but can also be conceived as late, slightly impoverished descendants of the Pavlovian Culture. The Ságvárian Culture is partly contemporary with this blade-based Epigravettian, and successfully adapted to the same ecological conditions of the Late Würm. This industry is characterised by the pebble-working tradition, which latently survived since the Lower Palaeolithic.
Localities belonging to this entity are classified, on the basis of the priority principle, into the Ságvárian culture. The viable, strong culture existed in the interior parts of the Carpathian Basin around the last cold maximum of the Würm. The type spectrum of the tool kit fits well into the Gravettian mosaic although it is characterised by different parameters.
Its direct antecedents, time and place of its formation, the limits of extension and after-life are so far unknown. The eponymous site of the culture is Ságvár-Lyukasdomb, serving also for the stratotype of the Ságvár geochronological period.