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Tardenoisian Line breaks: Tar¦den¦ois|ian
Pronunciation: /ˌtɑːdɪˈnɔɪzɪən/

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Definition of Tardenoisian in English:


1Relating to or denoting a late Mesolithic culture of west and central Europe, especially France, dated to about 8,000-6,000 years ago.
Example sentences
  • Amalgam mesolithic Tardenoisian cultures develop adopting features from Spanish mesolithic cultures within a framework of cultures derived from the Upper Paleolithic of the Franco-Cantabrian region.
  • This late Epi-Gravettian developed towards what we call Tardenoisian complexes in the area but are in fact just a local evolution specific to the age.
  • The Azilian was followed by the Tardenoisian culture, which covered much of Europe; most of these settlements are found on dunes or sandy areas.
1.1 (as noun the Tardenoisian) The Tardenoisian culture or period.


1920s: from French Tardenoisien, from the name of Fère-en-Tardenois in NE France, where objects from this culture were found.

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