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Solutrean

or Solutrian

[suh-loo-tree-uh n] /səˈlu tri ən/
adjective
1.
Archaeology. of or designating an Upper Paleolithic European culture c18,000–16,000 b.c., characterized by the making of stone projectile points and low-relief stone sculptures.
Origin of Solutrean
1885-1890
1885-90; < French solutréen, after Solutré the type-site, near a village of the same name in France (Saône-et-Loire); see -an
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Historical Examples
  • The artistic work of Solutrean times is not so rich as that of the Aurignacian.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • This type of flint is constantly found associated with rudely formed prototypes of the Solutrean laurel-leaf point.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The highly developed flint industry of the Solutrean types; art development of the Cr-Magnon race partly suspended.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • From middle Aurignacian on through Solutrean times these denizens of the extreme north disappear from this region of Europe.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The human sculptures are determined to be of late Aurignacian age, because they are buried in an early Solutrean talus.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • According to de Mortillet, the Solutrean method of pressure made possible the execution of much more delicate work.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • Thus it would appear that the artistic spirit, more or less dormant in Solutrean times, was revived.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • In all the Solutrean stations, beside the bone implements, we find two distinct classes of flints.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The chief invention of the late Solutrean is the 'shouldered point' (pointe cran), a single notched and very slender dart.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • Solutrean sagaies, however, are very rare and very primitive as compared with the Magdalenian.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
British Dictionary definitions for Solutrean

Solutrean

/səˈluːtrɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an Upper Palaeolithic culture of Europe that was characterized by leaf-shaped flint blades
Word Origin
C19: named after Solutré, village in central France where traces of this culture were originally found
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Solutrean in Science
Solutrean also Solutrian
  (sə-l'trē-ən)   
Relating to an Upper Paleolithic culture in southwestern Europe between the Aurignacian and Magdalenian cultures, dating from around 21,000 to 17,000 years ago. The short-lived Solutrean culture was characterized by finely crafted tools, such as slender, leaf-shaped blades and shouldered points, as well as ornaments, carvings, and cave paintings.
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