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[suh-loo-tree-uh n] /səˈlu tri ən/
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
1885-90; < French solutréen, after Solutré the type-site, near a village of the same name in France (Saône-et-Loire); see -an Unabridged
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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
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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