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Solutrean

or Solutrian

[suh-loo-tree-uh n] /səˈlu tri ən/
adjective
1.
Archaeology. of or designating an Upper Paleolithic European culture c18,000–16,000 b.c., characterized by the making of stone projectile points and low-relief stone sculptures.
Origin of Solutrean
1885-1890
1885-90; < French solutréen, after Solutré the type-site, near a village of the same name in France (Saône-et-Loire); see -an
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Historical Examples
  • The climate of Solutrean times is generally believed to have been cold and dry.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The artistic work of Solutrean times is not so rich as that of the Aurignacian.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The custom of giving weapons personal names, which survived for long in Europe, may have had origin in Solutrean times.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • This type of flint is constantly found associated with rudely formed prototypes of the Solutrean laurel-leaf point.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • Unfortunately, the Solutrean burials afford very little evidence on this point.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The human sculptures are determined to be of late Aurignacian age, because they are buried in an early Solutrean talus.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The main or "true" Solutrean influence entered Europe from the south-east.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • It was, by preference, an animal art, begun by the Aurignacians but largely suspended in Solutrean times.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • Solutrean culture gradually declined and vanished and Magdalenian became supreme.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • The period of the Solutrean industry is one of the most difficult to interpret in the whole prehistory of western Europe.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
British Dictionary definitions for Solutrean

Solutrean

/səˈluːtrɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an Upper Palaeolithic culture of Europe that was characterized by leaf-shaped flint blades
Word Origin
C19: named after Solutré, village in central France where traces of this culture were originally found
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Solutrean in Science
Solutrean also Solutrian
  (sə-l'trē-ən)   
Relating to an Upper Paleolithic culture in southwestern Europe between the Aurignacian and Magdalenian cultures, dating from around 21,000 to 17,000 years ago. The short-lived Solutrean culture was characterized by finely crafted tools, such as slender, leaf-shaped blades and shouldered points, as well as ornaments, carvings, and cave paintings.
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