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One of the principal subdivisions of the Mousterian, defined by François Bordes and colleagues as having a predominance of side scrapers, relatively few handaxes, and retouched blades. Two subdivisions of the Charentian were recognized: the Quina and the Ferrassie. Overall, the Charentian is found across Europe and Russia, where it is associated with Neanderthal remains. It is believed to date to the period 200 000 to 170 000 years ago, contemporary with the penultimate glacial period in Europe.

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