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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Azilian was followed by the Tardenoisian culture, which covered much of Europe; most of these settlements are found on dunes or sandy areas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While short, these synopses of sites are an invaluable summary of their main characteristics, which span the early and later (Tardenoisian) Mesolithic.’
    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.