Definition of kitchen midden in English:

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kitchen midden


A prehistoric refuse heap that marks an ancient settlement, chiefly containing bones, shells, and stone implements.
Example sentences
  • Some of these kitchen middens are very valuable to archaeologists; they tell us a lot about the lives of our ancestors.
  • If bones of animals are found in kitchen middens it is proof that they were eaten by people.
  • Along the coast of Southern California are many kitchen middens, where ancient Californians tossed refuse from their dinners.

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Syllabification: kitch·en mid·den

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