adjective Etymology: French capsien, from Latin Capsa Gafsa, Tunisia Date: 1915 of or relating to a Paleolithic culture of northern Africa and southern Europe

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  • Capsian — [kap′sē ən] adj. [Fr capsien, after L Capsa, ancient name of Gafsa, city in central Tunisia, near which artifacts were found] designating or of a Mesolithic culture of N Africa characterized by small hand tools …   English World dictionary

  • Capsian — /kap see euhn/, adj. Archaeol. of or designating an Epipaleolithic culture of northwestern Africa, characterized by the use of geometric microlithic tools. [1910 15; < F capsien, equiv. to Caps(a), L name of Gafsa, town in Tunisia near which… …   Universalium

  • Capsian — adjective of or pertaining to a Paleolithic culture of North Africa (named after primary findings there, in the now southern Tunisian oasis Gafsa) and southern Europe …   Wiktionary

  • Capsian —    This term refers to the ancient people who occupied North Africa as early 6,000 B.C. They are said to be Berbers who had adopted a Neolithic way of life and culture …   Historical dictionary of the berbers (Imazighen)

  • Capsian — [ kapsɪən] adjective Archaeology relating to or denoting a Palaeolithic culture of North Africa and southern Europe, dated to c.8000–4500 BC. Origin early 20th cent.: from L. Capsa (now Gafsa in Tunisia), where objects from this culture were… …   English new terms dictionary

  • capsian — cap·si·an …   English syllables

  • Capsian — /ˈkæpsiən/ (say kapseeuhn) noun a culture dating from about 10 000 to 7000 years ago which used implements such as backed blades, microliths and bone awls; found mainly in Tunisia …   Australian English dictionary

  • capsian — adj. & n. adj. of or relating to a palaeolithic culture of N. Africa and S. Europe. n. this culture. Etymology: L Capsa = Gafsa in Tunisia …   Useful english dictionary

  • Capsian culture — The Capsian culture (named after the town of Gafsa in Tunisia) was a Mesolithic culture of the Maghreb, which lasted from about 10,000 to 6,000 BCE. It was concentrated mainly in modern Algeria, and Tunisia, with some sites attested in Cyrenaica… …   Wikipedia

  • Capsian industry —       a Mesolithic (8000 BC–2700 BC) cultural complex prominent in the inland areas of North Africa. Its most characteristic sites are in the area of the great salt lakes of what is now southern Tunisia, the type site being Jabal al Maqṭaʿ, near… …   Universalium

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