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Capsian

Pronunciation: /ˈkapsēən/

adjective

Archaeology
1Relating to or denoting a Paleolithic culture of North Africa and southern Europe, noted for its microliths. It is dated to circa 8000–4500 bc.
Example sentences
  • The Palaeolithic industry of North Africa and southern Europe is noted for its microliths and called Capsian culture, taking its name from the town of Gafsa in Tunisia.
  • The Capsian man left, besides the lithic implement, vestiges that betray aesthetic preoccupations.
  • In spite of the slightly ambiguous context of discovery, comparative analysis with other Capsian and Neolithic engravings provides a firm suggestion for a chrono-cultural framework.
1.1 (as noun the Capsian) The Capsian culture or period.

Origin

Early 20th century: from Latin Capsa (now Gafsa in Tunisia), where objects from this culture were found, + -ian.

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Syllabification: Cap·si·an

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