Definition of Tardenoisian in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting a late Mesolithic culture of west and central Europe, especially France, dated to about 8,000–6,000 years ago.

    • ‘The Azilian was followed by the Tardenoisian culture, which covered much of Europe; most of these settlements are found on dunes or sandy areas.’
    • ‘While short, these synopses of sites are an invaluable summary of their main characteristics, which span the early and later (Tardenoisian) Mesolithic.’
    • ‘Over the vast territories of the former Mesolithic Tardenoisian culture, in a fairly short time, evolved the culture of the Central European Linear Pottery.’
    • ‘This late Epi-Gravettian developed towards what we call Tardenoisian complexes in the area but are in fact just a local evolution specific to the age.’
    • ‘Amalgam mesolithic Tardenoisian cultures develop adopting features from Spanish mesolithic cultures within a framework of cultures derived from the Upper Paleolithic of the Franco-Cantabrian region.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Tardenoisian The Tardenoisian culture or period.


1920s: from French Tardenoisien, from the name of Fère-en-Tardenois in NE France, where objects from this culture were found.