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Châtelperronian Period


Definition: The Châtelperronian period is the name given to similar Upper Paleolithic Neanderthal (probably) stone tool assemblages, from about 40,000 to 34,000 years ago. Mostly the tools were made from stone flakes, thin, sharp pieces of flint. If this is indeed a stone tool kit produced by Neanderthals, it is one of the very few known.

See the Guide to the Châtelperronian for far more detail concerning the Neanderthal/Early Modern Human transition.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology. Sources for the term include the references listed on the front page of the Dictionary, and the websites listed in the sidebar.

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