Mousterian

or Mous·tie·ri·an

[ moo-steer-ee-uhn ]

adjectiveAnthropology.
  1. of or relating to a Middle Paleolithic culture of Neanderthal man dating to the early upper Pleistocene Epoch (c100,000–40,000 b.c.) and consisting of five or more stone-artifact traditions in Europe whose characteristic tools are side scrapers and points.

  2. pertaining to Paleolithic human relics having the workmanship, finish, and character of the flint scrapers found in the sands of Moustier, France.

Origin of Mousterian

1
1885–90; <French moust(i)érien;see -ian

Words Nearby Mousterian

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How to use Mousterian in a sentence

  • The implements are of a roughly-chipped type resembling those of the Mousterian period.

  • For the evidence of the stone implements accompanying the human bones is fairly definite: it points to the Mousterian age.

    Prehistoric Man | W. L. H. Duckworth
  • It is not clearly stated whether implements of Mousterian type occurred in these, the deepest strata of the cave-floor.

    Prehistoric Man | W. L. H. Duckworth
  • A human skeleton was found in the floor of the grotto, and below strata characterised by Mousterian implements.

    Prehistoric Man | W. L. H. Duckworth
  • This is described by some authorities as Mousterian, by others as Aurignacian; in either case as of an early Palaeolithic aspect.

    Prehistoric Man | W. L. H. Duckworth

British Dictionary definitions for Mousterian

Mousterian

/ (muːˈstɪərɪən) /


noun
  1. a culture characterized by flint flake tools and associated with Neanderthal man, found throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Near East, dating from before 70 000–32 000 bc

adjective
  1. of or relating to this culture

Origin of Mousterian

1
C20: from French Moustérien from archaeological finds of the same period in the cave of Le Moustier, Dordogne, France

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Scientific definitions for Mousterian

Mousterian

[ mōō-stîrē-ən ]


  1. Relating to a Middle Paleolithic tool culture that succeeded the Acheulian, ending around 35,000 years ago and traditionally associated with Neanderthals. While Mousterian tools show improvements in stone-flaking techniques over Acheulian tools, they remain largely unchanged over long periods of time and show little of the rapid innovation and specialization that characterize tool cultures of the Upper Paleolithic associated with modern humans.

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