The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology

by Timothy Darvill, T. C. Darvill
     
 

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This leading dictionary is the most wide ranging and comprehensive of its kind and covers all aspects of archaeology, including principles, techniques, artefacts, people, places, equipment, descriptive terms, and legislation. With over 4,000 fully revised and updated entries the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology remains the reference work for students,…  See more details below

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This leading dictionary is the most wide ranging and comprehensive of its kind and covers all aspects of archaeology, including principles, techniques, artefacts, people, places, equipment, descriptive terms, and legislation. With over 4,000 fully revised and updated entries the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology remains the reference work for students, professionals, and enthusiasts.

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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.
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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:
9780192116499
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 2.00(d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology at Bournemouth University, and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He graduated from Southampton University and has worked for the Western Archaeological Trust and the Council for British Archaeology. He has directed a number of excavations, was secretary of the Committee for Archaeology in Gloucestershire, and secretary of CBA Group 13. He has also served on the Council of the National Trust and was chairman of the Institute of Field Archaeologists. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of the Cotswold Archaeological Trust Ltd. His previous publications include numerous reports and papers in academic and popular journals, and he has written several books including: The Archaeology of the Uplands (1986), Prehistoric Britain (1987), and Prehistoric Britain from the Air (1997), England: An Archaeological Guide (2002), and Stonehenge: the biography of a landscape (2006) .

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