[ uh-teer-ee-uh n ]
/ əˈtɪər i ən /

adjective Archaeology.

of or indicating a Middle Paleolithic industry of northwestern Africa and the Sahara, characterized by the production of tanged points and bifacially worked leaf-shaped points of varying sizes.

Origin of Aterian

1925–30; < French atérien, after the type-site, Bir el Ater, Algeria; see -ian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019