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Designating or belonging to a Middle Paleolithic culture following the Acheulian, associated with Neanderthals and characterized by the use of flake tools.

[French moustérien, after Le Moustier, a cave in southwest France.]
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(Archaeology) a culture characterized by flint flake tools and associated with Neanderthal man, found throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Near East, dating from before 70 000–32 000 bc
(Archaeology) of or relating to this culture
[C20: from French Moustérien from archaeological finds of the same period in the cave of Le Moustier, Dordogne, France]
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or Mous•tie•ri•an

(muˈstɪər i ən)

of or designating a Middle Paleolithic toolmaking tradition, cl00,000–40,000 b.c., characterized by side scrapers and points and generally ascribed to the Neanderthals.
[1885–90; < French moustiérien (1873) = Le Moustier the type site, a cave in SW France + -ien -ian]
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Belonging to a Paleolithic culture associated with Neanderthal man, during which tools made from flaked flint were used.
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Head of an Iranian archaeologist team involved in discovering and preserving the ancient layers of Ashkoft region of Kermanshah province, Elham Qasidian, said the main achievement of the team had been the discovery of some stone flints known as the Mousterian of the Zagros in Ashkoft Cave.
A case study from the Mousterian site of Kiik-Koba, Crimea," was published May 2 in the journal ( PLOS One.
Mode 3 or the Mousterian (cognitive stage 6) used the Levallois technique (prepared blanks) and refocused on the chip.
For example, Trinkaus (1982:198-9), while evaluating Neanderthals excavated from the upper Mousterian levels of the Shanidar Cave north of Baghdad, Iraq, traced the history of this cultural practice back to 45,000 BP.
In the November 2014 Quaternary International, he calls for discarding the influential Mousterian stone tool industry.
Historically speaking, some of the flint tools found in the grotto point to inhabitants from the Middle Palaeolithic age, also known as the Mousterian culture.
Initial Magdalenian levels were reached in part of the Corral area on the edge of a large looters' pit, from the base of which we had been able to excavate the Solutrean sequence, as well as poor Gravettian and late Mousterian levels.
Cuenca-Bescos, G., Straus, L.G., Gonzalez Morales, M.R., Garcia Pimienta, J.C., (2009): The reconstruction of past environments through small mammals: from the Mousterian to the Bronze Age in El Miron Cave (Cantabria, Spain).
Mezmaiskaya Cave (Figure 1), located in northern Caucasus, is an interesting site due to the finding of two intentional burials of Neanderthal infant skeletons that were recovered from layers associated with animal remains and Mousterian artifacts.
Estroff et al., "Mode of occupation of Tabun Cave, Mt Carmel, Israel during the Mousterian Period: a study of the sediments and phytoliths," Journal of Archaeological Science, vol.