American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the cultural period of the Stone Age beginning around 10,000 B.C. in the Middle East and later elsewhere, characterized by the development of agriculture and the making of polished stone implements.
- n. The Neolithic Period. Also called New Stone Age. See Usage Note at Three Age system.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to the period or epoch of highly finished and polished stone implements. The period so noted is a division of the “stone age,” and the term is especially applicable to northwestern Europe, where there is, on the whole, a chronological advance from a time when coarser implements were used (the Paleolithic age) to one in which a much more perfect standard of workmanship prevailed (the Neolithic). See
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Archæol. & Geol.) Of or pertaining to, or designating, an era characterized by late remains in stone; the late stone age. Estimated as beginning around 9000 b. c. in the Middle East, this period is characterized by the beginnings of farming, the domestication of animals, and the manufacture of textiles and pottery.
- n. latest part of the Stone Age beginning about 10,000 BC in the Middle East (but later elsewhere)
- adj. of or relating to the most recent period of the Stone Age (following the mesolithic)
- From Ancient Greek νέος (neos, "new") + λίθος (lithos, "stone"). (Wiktionary)
“Gordon Childe in the early part of the twentieth century, although the term Neolithic meaning “New Stone Age” was first used by the British antiquarian Sir John Lubbock in his 1865 book Prehistoric Times, one of the first works to bring archaeology to the general public.”
“Gordon Childe—the Australian archaeologist who coined the term Neolithic Revolution—clearly defined the basic assumptions of culture history: We find certain types of remains—pots, implements, ornaments, burial rites, and house forms—constantly recurring together.”
“Gordon Childe coined the term Neolithic Revolution in the 1920s, archaeologists had assumed that sedentary life was necessary for successful agriculture: farmers had to stay close to their crops and animals.”
“They named it the Ethnic Corridor (minzu zoulang) and argued that a full understanding of early migration through this pass would shed light on many myths of ethnicity, language, and ritual around Yunnan. 21 The influence of the Di and Qiang nomadic culture was evident in Neolithic relics in Yunnan, revealing the close relationship among Yunnan, Tibet, and Central Asia. 22”
“Researchers analysing the DNA in Neolithic human remains claim to have uncovered the first direct evidence that modern humans have evolved changes in response to natural selection.”
“But the word Neolithic (“New Stone Age”), as well as the term for the earlier and much longer epoch of human prehistory, the Paleolithic (“Old Stone Age”), was coined during the nineteenth century by John Lubbock, also known as Lord Avebury.”
“Some nine thousand years ago or more, certain long-headed, square-jawed, short-limbed, but agile hunters and fishermen, whom we call Neolithic Man, established themselves in Scotland.”
“Approximately 10,000 years ago, in the so-called Neolithic Revolution, our ancestors made a fateful decision that would affect who and what we became, and would ultimately lead to the problems we face today.”
“It might reflect what is effectively the obvious, that the Neolithic was a boon particularly to coastline communities, including some Mid IE-speaking peoples nearer to the Bosporus.”
“It was the food court of the ancient world containing the wild progenitors of all eight of what are called the Neolithic founder crops, emmer and einkorn wheat, barley, flax, chick peas, peas, lentils, and bitter vetch, a grain legume sort of like red lentils.”
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