The Government of Canada’s terminology and linguistic data bank.


Record 1 2011-03-08


Subject field(s)
  • Archeology

Palaeolithic. Beginning with the emergence of man and the manufacture of the most ancient tools some 2 1/2 to 3 million years ago, the Palaeolithic period lasted through most of the Pleistocene Ice Age until the final retreat of the ice sheets in about 8300 B.C. [Before Christ] It is generally subdivided into: Lower Palaeolithic, with the earliest forms of man (Australopithecus and Homo Erectus), and the predominance of Core tools of Pebble Tool, Handaxe and Chopper type; Middle Palaeolithic, the era of Neanderthal Man and the predominance of Flake-tool industries (e.g. Mousterian) over most of Eurasia; Upper Palaeolithic (starting perhaps as early as 38,000 B.C.), with Homo Sapiens, Blade-and-Burin industries and the Cave Art of western Europe.


Capitalization. Terms that refer to events and periods are often capitalized when they refer to specific events or periods and lower-cased when used in a general sense: the Ice Age; the most recent ice age ...

Key term(s)
  • Palæolithic Age
  • Palæolithic
  • Palaeolithic Age
  • clipped stone age


  • Archéologie

Seconde période de l'âge de la pierre, suivant l'Éolithique et précédant le Mésolithique [...] caractérisée par une mise en forme des pierres par taillage dans le but de confectionner des outils.


Paléolithique : Terme créé en 1865 pour désigner l'Âge de la Pierre ancienne par opposition à celui qui désigne l'Âge de la Pierre nouvelle.


Majuscule ou minuscule. En français, l'usage semble être flottant. Dans les dictionnaires généraux (Robert électronique et Larousse encyclopédique), le nom «paléolithique» s'écrit en minuscule. Dans les ouvrages et textes spécialisés, les spécialistes utilisent généralement la majuscule initiale «Paléolithique».


Campo(s) temático(s)
  • Arqueología

Período cultural prehistórico caracterizado por la existencia de útiles y herramientas de piedra tallada. Corresponde a la mayor parte del Cuaternario y se subdivide en: Inferior, Medio y Superior, que se suceden desde hace unos 2 millones de años hasta hace unos 9.000 años.

Save record 1

Copyright notice for the TERMIUM Plus® data bank

© Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2021
TERMIUM Plus®, the Government of Canada's terminology and linguistic data bank
A product of the Translation Bureau


Language Portal of Canada

Access a collection of Canadian resources on all aspects of English and French, including quizzes.

Writing tools

The Language Portal’s writing tools have a new look! Easy to consult, they give you access to a wealth of information that will help you write better in English and French.

Glossaries and vocabularies

Access Translation Bureau glossaries and vocabularies.

Date Modified: