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Of, relating to, or being a Paleolithic culture of northern Africa and southern Europe.

[French capsien, from Latin Capsa, Gafsa, a town of west-central Tunisia.]


(Archaeology) a late Palaeolithic culture, dating from about 12 000 bc, found mainly around the salt lakes of Tunisia. The culture is characterized by the presence of microliths, backed blades, and engraved limestone slabs
(Archaeology) of or relating to this culture
[C20: from French capsien, from Capsa, Latinized form of Gafsa, Tunisia]
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Nevertheless, the foregoing analysis should make it clear that the West has an enduring and critical interest in Azerbaijani and other Capsian states' energy going to Europe directly through pipelines with which Moscow cannot tamper to strengthen the producers' sovereignty and both Eastern and Western Europe's security from the visibly negative attempts by Moscow to use its energy weapon against European security and democracy.
Breuil's influence was also evident in Burkitt's Paleolithic chronology and the association with the African Capsian (an archaeological culture first defined in 1910-11 by Morgan, Capitan, and Boudy (1910-11).