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Azilian

[uh-zeel-yuh n, -ee-uh n, uh-zil-] /əˈzil yən, -i ən, əˈzɪl-/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of an early Mesolithic culture of southern France and northern Spain.
Origin of Azilian
1895-1900
1895-1900; named after Mas d'Azil, village in Ariège, S France, near where remains of the culture were found; see -ian
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  • These skeletons lay in the 'Azilian' layer (VI) described below.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The transformation of art and industry, indicated in the Azilian culture layer, is as decided as that in the animal life.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The new industries are known as the Tardenoisian, the Azilian, and the Maglemosian.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • After this discovery it could no longer be questioned that the Azilian and Tardenoisian were contemporary.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The subsequent Azilian and Eneolithic cultures were crowded under the very roof of the grotto at the sides.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • There is little direct evidence in regard to the wild horse, the remains of which do not occur in the hearths of Azilian times.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • Azilian, red archological layer, masses of peroxide of iron.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • Thus the Azilian bone-harpoon industry, like the Tardenoisian microlithic flint industry, was largely pursued by fisherfolk.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • These are the Azilian, the Tardenoisian, and the Maglemosian.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • There was also a natural or local Azilian evolution from the Magdalenian types and technique.

    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
2.
of or relating to this culture
Word Origin
C19: named after Mas d'Azil, France, where artefacts were found
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