One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or denoting a Lower Palaeolithic culture represented by flint implements found at Clacton-on-Sea in south-eastern England, dated to about 250,000–200,000 years ago.
- ‘The stone tools of the Clactonian culture were quite unlike the handaxes that were supposed to be typical of the early Palaeolithic.’
- ‘It suggests that the Clactonian and Acheulian stone-tool assemblages were in fact contemporary.’
- ‘Riverside sites like that at Swanscombe seem to have been especially favoured by these early Clactonian people.’
- 1.1as noun the Clactonian The Clactonian culture or period.
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