The order in which sedimentary layers are deposited, the highest being the youngest.SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: Breuil, Henri-Édouard-Prosper CATEGORY: person DEFINITION: A French archaeologist who was regarded as an authority on prehistoric cave paintings of Europe and Africa.
He proposed a series of four successive art styles, based on the superposition of paintings found in many caves, and held the view that the purpose of the paintings was sympathetic magic, to ensure success in hunting.
Breuil fit the Aurignacian culture into its right place within the French Palaeolithic sequence and was responsible for working out the chronologies of French Upper and or artifact ordering.
It is the establishment of a chronology in which occurrences can be placed in the correct sequence relative to each other or to some known succession of events.
Stratigraphy is the study of the relative chronology of the Earth's strata.
He devoted much of his life to studying examples of prehistoric art in southern France, northern Spain, and southern Africa.