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The Ahmarian culture[1][2][3][4][5][6] was a Paleolithic archeological industry in Levant dated at 46,000–42,000 BP and thought to be related to Levantine Emiran and younger European Aurignacian cultures.

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Ahmarian culture
Ahmarian is located in Near East
Ahmarian culture
Ahmarian culture
Map showing the approximate location of the Ahmarian culture
Geographical rangeLevant
PeriodUpper Paleolithic
Datesc. 46,000 – c. 42,000 BP
Preceded byAterian, Emiran, Bohunician
Followed byLevantine Aurignacian
Aurignacian (Europe)

The word “Ahmarian” was adopted from the archaeological site of Erq el-Ahmar (also written Erk el Ahmar), Israel, a rockshelter in the Judean Desert in the northern Dead Sea Rift. It was explored and excavated by French Prehistorian René Neuville in 1951.[7] The "Ahmarian" category had only been recognized since the 1980s, and was previously designated as "Phase II Upper Paleolithic" or "Ksar Akil Phase B".[8][9]