Azilian

[ uh-zeel-yuhn, -ee-uhn, uh-zil- ]

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an early Mesolithic culture of southern France and northern Spain.

Origin of Azilian

1
1895–1900; named after Mas d'Azil, village in Ariège, S France, near where remains of the culture were found; see -ian

Words Nearby Azilian

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How to use Azilian in a sentence

  • The Azilian-Tardenoisian epoch leads over to the Neolithic, our chief object of study.

  • It is possible that the Azilian, Tardenoisian, and Maglemosian peoples had made considerable progress in the art of navigation.

    Ancient Man in Britain | Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • The conventionalized Azilian human form is sometimes found to be depicted by small "cups" on boulders or rocks.

    Ancient Man in Britain | Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • These are the Azilian, the Tardenoisian, and the Maglemosian.

    Ancient Man in Britain | Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • These skeletons lay in the 'Azilian' layer (VI) described below.

    Men of the Old Stone Age | Henry Fairfield Osborn

British Dictionary definitions for Azilian

Azilian

/ (əˈzɪlɪən) /


noun
  1. a Palaeolithic culture of Spain and SW France that can be dated to the 10th millennium bc, characterized by flat bone harpoons and schematically painted pebbles

adjective
  1. of or relating to this culture

Origin of Azilian

1
C19: named after Mas d' Azil, France, where artefacts were found

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