Definition of Natufian in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting a late Mesolithic culture of the Middle East, dated to about 12,500–10,000 years ago. It provides evidence for the first settled villages, and is characterized by the use of microliths and of bone for implements.

    • ‘The earliest are known from the Natufian stage, 12,000 years ago in Israel.’
    • ‘Seventy-two of the skeletons fall into the Natufian period, which predates settled agriculture.’
    • ‘Well I think a recent paper about the Hayonim burials with dogs which are about eleven and a half 12,000 years old suggests that you get the earliest dogs in that part of the world with the Natufian culture.’
    • ‘Extensive remains have been found of the Natufian hunter-gatherers, who lived between about 12,800 and 10,500 years ago in what are now Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Natufian The Natufian culture or period.


1930s: from Wadi an-Natuf, the type site (a cave north-west of Jerusalem), + -ian.