- “New Stone Age,” a period assigned in Europe to the development of agriculture or the Agricultural Revolution, although hunter-gatherer activity endured well into the period, and it is misleading to characterize a people’s culture based on their economic strategy or tool use alone. Neolithic art, particularly the geometric images of various megalithic monuments in northern France, eastern Ireland, and northern Wales, have been interpreted as entoptics indicative of an origin in an altered state of consciousness by some archaeologists, including Richard Bradley, Jeremy Dronfield, David Lewis-Williams, and Thomas Dowson.See also European Paleolithic.
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Neolithic — [nē΄ō lith′ik, nē΄əlith′ik] adj. [ NEO + LITHIC] [sometimes n ] designating or of an Old World cultural period (8000? 3500? B.C.) characterized by polished stone tools, pottery, weaving, stock rearing, agriculture, and sometimes megaliths the… … English World dictionary
Neolithic — Ne o*lith ic, a. [Neo + lith + ic.] (Arch[ae]ol. & 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… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
neolithic — (adj.) pertaining to the later Stone Age, 1865, coined by John Lubbock, later Baron Avebury, (1834 1913) from NEO (Cf. neo ) + LITH (Cf. lith) stone … Etymology dictionary
Neolithic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to the later part of the Stone Age, when ground or polished stone weapons and implements prevailed. ORIGIN from NEO (Cf. ↑neo ) + Greek lithos stone … English terms dictionary
Neolithic — An array of Neolithic artifacts, including bracelets, axe heads, chisels, and polishing tools. Neolithic stone implements are by definition polished and except for specialty items not chipped. The Neolithic … Wikipedia
neolithic — [[t]ni͟ːəlɪ̱θɪk[/t]] ADJ Neolithic is used to describe things relating to the period when people had started farming but still used stone for making weapons and tools. ...neolithic culture. ...the monument was Stone Age or Neolithic … English dictionary
Neolithic — Ne|o|lith|ic neolithic [ˌni:əˈlıθık] adj [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: neo + Greek lithos stone ] relating to the last period of the ↑Stone Age, about 10,000 years ago, when people began to live together in small groups and make stone tools and… … Dictionary of contemporary English
Neolithic — /niəˈlɪθɪk / (say neeuh lithik) noun Also, Neolithic Period. 1. the later Stone Age or New Stone Age, characterised by well finished polished implements of flint and other stone; it includes the Holocene (or Recent) Epoch of the post glacial… … Australian English dictionary
neolithic — adjective hopelessly outdated What am I supposed to do with this neolithic piece of machinery? … Wiktionary
Neolithic — Ne|o|lith|ic [ ,niə lıθık ] adjective the Neolithic period of history began around 10,000 b.c., when humans began to make stone tools, grow their food, and live in permanent communities … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English