Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Tardenoisian Culture

Transitional Epipaleolithic culture area in western Europe roughly contemporary with the Azilian period, found commonly in sandy soils. The type site is Fère-en-Tardenois but similar assemblages have been found in western Europe, North Africa, and Asia. The assemblage lacked hand-axes, and is characterized by many small flakes such as microgravers, and other chips thought to be components of composite tools.

See Mesolithic.

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