Oldowan


Oldowan
/ohl"deuh weuhn, awl"-/, adj. Archaeol.
of or designating a Lower and Middle Pleistocene industrial complex of eastern Africa, characterized by assemblages of stone tools about two million years old that are the oldest well-documented artifacts yet known.
[1930-35; Oldow(ay) (G sp. of Olduvai) + -AN]

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