Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology

by Timothy Darvill
     
 

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This is the most wide-ranging, comprehensive, and up-to-date dictionary of archaeology available. Over 4,000 A-Z entries explain the terms encountered in academic and popular archaeological literature, in lectures, and on television. Topics covered include artifacts, techniques, terminology, people, sites, and periods, and specialist areas such as industrial and

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This is the most wide-ranging, comprehensive, and up-to-date dictionary of archaeology available. Over 4,000 A-Z entries explain the terms encountered in academic and popular archaeological literature, in lectures, and on television. Topics covered include artifacts, techniques, terminology, people, sites, and periods, and specialist areas such as industrial and maritime archaeology. This second edition is fully revised and updated, with 150 new entries on archaeological sites, terms, movements, and people, plus extended coverage of archaeological resource management and archaeological theory. While the dictionary's primary focus is on Europe, the Old World, and the Americas, as these are the regions where archaeology has become best established, it also includes key archaeological sites around the world. A quick-reference section covers chronological periods, Egyptian rulers and dynasties, Roman rulers and dynasties, rulers of England to AD 1066, and principal international conventions and recommendations. New to this edition are recommended, up-to-date web links for over 100 entries on the Dictionary of Archaeology companion website, regularly updated to keep links completely current.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199534043
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/08/2010
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Edition description:
Concise
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
770,317
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.40(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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