- of or designating an Epipaleolithic culture of northwestern Africa, characterized by the use of geometric microlithic tools.
Origin of Capsian
1910–15; < French capsien, equivalent to Caps(a), Latin name of Gafsa, town in Tunisia near which tools of the culture were discovered + -ien -ian
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- a late Palaeolithic culture, dating from about 12 000 bc, found mainly around the salt lakes of Tunisia. The culture is characterized by the presence of microliths, backed blades, and engraved limestone slabs
- of or relating to this culture
C20: from French capsien, from Capsa, Latinized form of Gafsa, Tunisia
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