from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the cultural period of the Stone Age between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods, marked by the appearance of microlithic tools and weapons and by changes in the nature of settlements.
- n. The Mesolithic Period. Also called Middle Stone Age. See Usage Note at Three Age system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or referring to the Middle Stone Age (also the Mesolithic period or the Mesolithic age), a prehistoric period that lasted between 10,000 and 3,000 BC.
- n. Short for the Mesolithic period.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In prehistoric archæol., relating to the period intermediate between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods: a term employed in the classification of postglacial deposits which contain human relics, or of such relics themselves, and referring to the relative character and degree of workmanship displayed therein. Contrasted with Eolithic, Paleolithic, and Neolithic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to a middle period of the Stone Age (following the paleolithic)
- n. middle part of the Stone Age beginning about 15,000 years ago
These Mesolithic cultures (Mesolithic, meaning Middle Stone Age, describes postIce Age European hunter-gatherers) achieved some degree of social complexity in Scandinavia, where richly decorated individuals were buried in cemeteries by 5500 B.C.E. These same cultures were the indigenous societies of Europe, farmers who first spread north and west across central Europe from the Balkans after 4500 B.C.E. 1
I once developed a toothache while visiting Earth's Mesolithic age.
For that I've studied Mesolithic archaeology, as well as borrowing from the more recent past: from the survival strategies of traditional Inuit and Native American peoples, and many others.
Curt is an authority on the Paleolithic and Mesolithic of the Balkans.
Until the end of the Mesolithic era, the female may have been best known as a gatherer and forager, a gender which derived immense pleasure from the art of scavenging.
The valley is a rich repository of ancestral tribal art connected with the 14 painted rockart sites dated back to the Mesolithic and more recently Chalcolithic eras.
This is not the first time that scientists have discovered a people having lived in areas now under the ocean. 8,000 years ago off the Isle of Wight in Britain, there was a Mesolithic village, which has been discovered by maritime archeaologists.
The detail is all Mesolithic-specific, and a lengthy afterword details the extensive research the author has done.
Stone Spring is another such novel, except that this one is set not futuristically but prehistorically, in the Mesolithic period.
"You don't tend to think of people [of that era] being quite so settled and building structures like this," said Nicky Milner of the University of York, who has been working at the Mesolithic site outside Scarborough, England, since 2004.
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