Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology [NOOK Book]

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The most wide-ranging, comprehensive, and up-to-date dictionary of archaeology available. Over 4,000 entries cover the terms encountered in academic and popular archaeological literature, in lectures, and on television. Topics covered include artefacts, techniques, terminology, people, sites, and periods, and specialist areas such as industrial and maritime archaeology. The second edition is fully revised and updated, now including 150 new entries on archaeological sites, terms,...
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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology

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Overview

The most wide-ranging, comprehensive, and up-to-date dictionary of archaeology available. Over 4,000 entries cover the terms encountered in academic and popular archaeological literature, in lectures, and on television. Topics covered include artefacts, techniques, terminology, people, sites, and periods, and specialist areas such as industrial and maritime archaeology. The second edition is fully revised and updated, now including 150 new entries on archaeological sites, terms,
movements, and people, plus extended coverage of archaeological resource management and archaeological theory. The dictionary's primary focus is on Europe, the Old World, and the Americas, as these are the regions where archaeology has become an established academic and vocational subject, but it
includes key archaeological sites around the world.

A quick-reference section covers chronological periods around the world, Egyptian rulers and dynasties, Roman rulers and dynasties, rulers of England to AD 1066, and principal international conventions and recommendations.

New to this edition, recommended web links for over 100 entries are updated on the Dictionary of Archaeology companion website.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This work is the second edition of Easter Island, Earth Island, a groundbreaking study of Easter Island's archaeology and history in which Flenley (geography, Massey Univ., New Zealand) and archaeologist and writer Bahn put forth evidence that the island was settled from the west (Polynesia) rather than from the east (South America), as Thor Heyerdahl maintained, and for deforestation as the cause of the island's downfall. This new work retains the structure and content of most of the first edition, updating it with new findings from work done over the past ten years. One of the most exciting developments recounted here is Steven Fischer's breakthrough in reading the glyphs known as Rongorongo. Another is additional evidence for the deforestation of the island, which led to its devastation as a culture. The authors also describe the latest attempts to solve the mystery of how the giant stone statues, for which the island is famous, were moved. Notes have been added to the text and the bibliography updated. The result is an outstanding study, clearly written, impressive in its scope, and generous in crediting the work of many scholars. It also serves as a warning to those who continue to deplete our natural resources. For general readers and specialists alike.-Joan W. Garland, Detroit P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Booknews
Darvill (archaeology, Bournemouth U., UK) presents an introduction and reference to archaeology as a science, offering some 4,000 entries addressing themes, trends, techniques, major figures, legislation, and important discoveries and findings around the world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"A significant achievement...a wealth of information....It will be invaluable to professional and amateur alike."—Professor Barry Cunliffe

"A superb collection of useful and unusual archaeological knowledge "—Dr Francis Pryor

"Comprehensive, proportionate, and limpid"—Antiquity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191579042
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 7/31/2008
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology at Bournemouth University, and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

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Table of Contents

The dictionary 1

Quick reference 521

1 Principal international conventions and recommendations concerning the preservation of archaeological and historic sites and artefacts 523

2 Principal stratigraphic subdivisions of the Cenozoic era 525

3 Principal stratigraphic subdivisions of the Quaternary System in northwest Europe 526

4 Principal geostratigraphic and biostratigraphic subdivisions of the late Devensian and Flandrian stages in the British Isles 527

5 Correlation of the principal geostratigraphic stages of the Pleistocene series in Europe and North America 528

6 Principal periods, industrial stages, and traditions of the British Bronze Age 529

7 Principal cultural phases in the Americas 531

8 Egyptian rulers and dynasties 536

9 Roman emperors 539

10 Leaders, rulers, kings, and queens of England to A.D. 1066 541

11 Selected archaeological websites and portals 544

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