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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The earliest are known from the Natufian stage, 12,000 years ago in Israel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seventy-two of the skeletons fall into the Natufian period, which predates settled agriculture.’
    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.