Proto-Neolithic

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Proto-Neolithic

 

the name given to the transitional period between the Paleolithic and the Neolithic, characterized by the gathering of wild plants and the first polishing of stone tools. The period corresponds to the late Mesolithic and in part to the earliest Neolithic. The term is little used today.

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