- (sometimes lowercase) Anthropology. of, relating to, or characteristic of the last phase of the Stone Age, marked by the domestication of animals, the development of agriculture, and the manufacture of pottery and textiles: commonly thought to have begun c9000–8000 b.c. in the Middle East.Compare Mesolithic, Paleolithic.
- (usually lowercase) belonging to or remaining from an earlier era; outdated; passé.
Origin of Neolithic
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Neolithic humans lived in the caves pocking its slopes, and by around 1400 BCE a fortified palace was built atop the Acropolis.Virgin Sacrifice and the Meaning of the Parthenon
February 12, 2014
So we may conclude that at least 6,400 years ago Neolithic man used the cave.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
I said that “if” the stone be Neolithic, it “may” be the missing link in my argument.The Clyde Mystery
When the ice-fields cleared off Neolithic man had his innings.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
The sides of one Neolithic tomb at Ballas were lined with bars of this kind.
At the head stood an alabaster vase (X, 31) of a late Neolithic shape.
- the cultural period that lasted in SW Asia from about 9000 to 6000 bc and in Europe from about 4000 to 2400 bc and was characterized by primitive crop growing and stock rearing and the use of polished stone and flint tools and weapons
- relating to this period
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Word Origin and History for neolithic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The period of human culture that began around 10,000 years ago in the Middle East and later in other parts of the world. It is characterized by the beginning of farming, the domestication of animals, the development of crafts such as pottery and weaving, and the making of polished stone tools. The Neolithic Period is generally considered to end for any particular region with the introduction of metalworking, writing, or other developments of urban civilization. Also called New Stone Age Compare Mesolithic Paleolithic.
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