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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.]


(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]


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]


Belonging to a Paleolithic culture associated with Neanderthal man, during which tools made from flaked flint were used.
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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.
This dating, together with the presence of Mousterian tools characteristic of Neanderthals in the sediments covering the engraving, shows that it was made by Neanderthals, who still populated the south of the Iberian peninsula at that time.
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.
2009): The reconstruction of past environments through small mammals: from the Mousterian to the Bronze Age in El Miron Cave (Cantabria, Spain).
The Mousterian culture is associated with which period of human development?
There are also archeological relics from the Mousterian Age.
In situ remains of mammoth bones and associated Mousterian stone tools were found at the quarry in the spring of 2002; agreements were quickly made between the quarry company, the land owner, English Heritage, and a funding agency so that excavations took place that very year between April and September.