Definition of Natufian in English:

Natufian

Pronunciation /nəˈto͞ofēən/ /nəˈtufiən/

adjective

Archaeology
  • Relating 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.

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

noun

Archaeology
  • the NatufianA late Mesolithic culture of the Middle East, dated to about 12,500–10,000 years ago.

    • ‘the Natufian is unique because it constitutes the first deviation from the traditional way of prehistoric living’

Origin

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