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adj. Archaeology
Of or relating to an early Paleolithic tool culture of northwest Europe, characterized by simple core and flake tools. Traditionally considered to predate the Acheulian culture, it is now thought by some to be contemporaneous.

[After Clacton-on-Sea, a town in southeast England on the North Sea where artifacts from the culture were found.]


(Archaeology) one of the Lower Palaeolithic cultures found in England, characterized by the use of chopper tools
(Archaeology) of, designating, or relating to this culture
[after Clacton, Essex, where the tools of this culture were first found]


(klækˈtoʊ ni ən)

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a Lower Paleolithic culture in England marked by the production of tools made from stone flakes.
[1930–35; < French clactonien, after Clacton(-on-Sea), English town where the tools were first unearthed]
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The flint artifacts of these pioneer settlers are of a characteristic type known as Clactonian, mostly comprising simple razor-sharp flakes that would have been ideal for cutting meat, sometimes with notches on them that would have helped cut through the tougher animal hide.