Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the period of human culture preliminary to the Bronze Age, characterized by the use of copper and stone tools.
  • n. The Chalcolithic Period. Also called Copper and Stone Age. See Usage Note at Three Age system.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the bronze age, as the third of the four periods of man's development, namely, the paleolithic, the neolithic, the chalcolithic, and the iron.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek khalkos, copper + -lith + -ic.

Examples

  • 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.

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  • Twenty-five Chalcolithic sites were discovered and excavated in the central Golan.

    Claire Epstein.

  • For her publication of The Chalcolithic Culture of the Golan (Jerusalem: 1998) she received the Irene Levi-Sala Prize of Ben Gurion University for books in the archaeology of Israel in June 2000.

    Claire Epstein.

  • The marked regional character of the Chalcolithic culture in Israel is well known.

    Claire Epstein.

  • Beginning in 1973/4 Epstein started excavating at Chalcolithic sites with the aid of numerous institutions, including the Antiquities and Museums Department, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Basic Research Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

    Claire Epstein.

  • After completing her work in the Golan, Epstein devoted herself exclusively to summarizing and publishing her research on the Chalcolithic culture of the Golan.

    Claire Epstein.

  • The cart models, which may have been ritual objects or children's toys, were found at Altyndepe, a Chalcolithic and Bronze Age settlement in Western Central Asia near Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

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  • The West Mound at Çatalhöyük, which was a possible candidate for where the East Mounders went after they abandoned the original settlement and which was now under excavation by Jonathan Last, Catriona Gibson, and Naomi Hamilton, had been dated to an earlier part of the Chalcolithic.

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  • Or, as Mellaart had suggested, did they move across a distributary of the Çarsamba River to the West Mound, a smaller Chalcolithic settlement with lots of painted pottery?

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  • Only further excavations, both of the later stratigraphic layers of the East Mound and the early levels of the West Mound, could determine whether the cultural changes that led to the Chalcolithic originated in the later occupation levels of the East Mound.

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