Definition of Capsian in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting a Paleolithic culture of North Africa and southern Europe, noted for its microliths. It is dated to c.8000–4500 BC.

    • ‘While the hunters-and-artists of the Upper Paleolithic Period were living in the north, Capsian culture, of a distinctly different basis and coming from Africa, spread into Mediterranean Spain.’
    • ‘The Palaeolithic industry of North Africa and southern Europe is noted for its microliths and called Capsian culture, taking its name from the town of Gafsa in Tunisia.’
    • ‘In spite of the slightly ambiguous context of discovery, comparative analysis with other Capsian and Neolithic engravings provides a firm suggestion for a chrono-cultural framework.’
    • ‘The Capsian man left, besides the lithic implement, vestiges that betray aesthetic preoccupations.’
    • ‘They were executed by a hunting people in the Capsian period of the Neolithic age who lived in a savanna region teeming with giant buffalo, elephant, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus, animals that no longer exist in the now-desert area.’
    1. 1.1The Capsian culture or period.


Early 20th century: from Latin Capsa (now Gafsa in Tunisia), where objects from this culture were found, + -ian.