Middle Stone Age


Also found in: Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Middle Stone Age: Late stone age

Middle Stone Age

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
They have found numerous artefacts dating between the Middle Stone age, Iron Age and Roman period.
"ey are from the very early part of the middle Stone Age. People living at that time would have been hunters and gatherers rather than farmers," Dr Hodder said.
Coastal erosion is indeed eating away at this rock where Mesolithic or middle Stone Age microlith flint tools have been found.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Rapid climate change during the Middle Stone Age, between 80,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the Middle Stone Age, sparked surges in cultural innovation in early modern human populations, according to new research.
The group enjoyed tracing Meltham's history back to the hunters of the middle stone age in 8000BC, through to the first named Melthamer's in the Domesday Book to the present day.
The site represents a unique record of lithic technological change over the entire span of the Middle Stone Age in this part of Africa, and beyond into the New Stone Age they say, and could serve as a reference for the entire region of north and east Africa and southwest Asia.
"This happened during the Middle Stone Age, a time when the collecting of wild grains has conventionally been perceived as an irrelevant activity and not as important as that of roots, fruits, and nuts," said Julio Mercader, the archeologist who made this discovery.
The camp of Middle Stone Age, or Mesolithic settlers, is thought to belong to the first explorers of the country following the end of the last Ice Age, some 11,000 years ago.
No solo reconoce que "Many of the lithic assemblages of the Middle Stone Age reveal a number of features which in an European context would be more at home in an Upper than ina Middle Palaeolithic context" (Mellars, 1989: 367), sino que afirma que "The African evidence, as a whole, therefore, could be argued to demonstrate not only the earliest occurrence of fully modern physical types bur also the early appearance of ar least some of the distinctive technological and cultural features of Upper Palaeolithic communities in other regions of the Old World" (Mellars, 1989: 369).
It said that the Natufian or Middle Stone Age burial site at Hilazon Tachtit, near the Western Galilee city of Karmiel, also contained rare grave offerings including 50 complete tortoise shells, the pelvis of a leopard and a human foot.

Full browser ?