adjective Etymology: French moustérien, from Le Moustier, cave in Dordogne, France Date: 1890 of or relating to a Middle Paleolithic culture that is characterized by well-made flake tools often considered the work of Neanderthal man

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  • Mousterian — [mo͞os tir′ē ən] adj. [Fr moustérien: remains were found at Le Moustier, cave in S France] designating or of a Middle Paleolithic culture, associated with the Neanderthal cave people and characterized by the use of flaked hand axes, scrapers, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Mousterian — The Stone Age This box: view · talk · edit ↑ before Homo (Pliocene …   Wikipedia

  • Mousterian — /mooh stear ee euhn/, adj. Anthropol. 1. of or pertaining to a Middle Paleolithic culture of Neanderthal man dating to the early upper Pleistocene Epoch (c100,000 40,000 B.C.) and consisting of five or more stone artifact traditions in Europe… …   Universalium

  • Mousterian — [mu: stɪərɪən] adjective Archaeology relating to or denoting the main culture of the Middle Palaeolithic period in Europe, between the Acheulian and Aurignacian periods (chiefly 80,000–35,000 years ago). Origin C19: from Fr. moustiérien, from Le… …   English new terms dictionary

  • mousterian — mous·te·ri·an …   English syllables

  • Mousterian — Mous•te•ri•an or Mous•tie•ri•an [[t]muˈstɪər i ən[/t]] adj. ara of or designating a Middle Paleolithic toolmaking tradition, cl00,000–40,000 b.c. characterized by side scrapers and points and generally ascribed to the Neanderthals • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • Mousterian — /muˈstɪəriən/ (say mooh stearreeuhn) adjective 1. relating to Palaeolithic human relics displaying the skill, finish, and character of the flint scrapers found in the sands of south western France. 2. relating to human relics of this part of the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • mousterian — adj. Archaeol. of or relating to the flint workings of the middle palaeolithic epoch, dated to c.70,000 30,000 BC, and attributed to Neanderthal peoples. Etymology: F mousteacuterien f. Le Moustier in SW France, where remains were found …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mousterian Pluvial — The Mousterian Pluvial was an extended wet and rainy period in the climate history of North Africa. It occurred during the Upper Paleolithic era, beginning around 50,000 years before the present (ybp), lasting 20,000 years, and ending around… …   Wikipedia

  • Mousterian industry — Tool culture traditionally associated with the Neanderthals in Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa during the early fourth (Würm) glacial period (с 40,000 BC). The Mousterian tool assemblage included small hand axes made from disk shaped… …   Universalium

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