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Oxford Concise Dictionary of Archaeology (Oxford Paperback Reference Series)

Oxford Concise Dictionary of Archaeology (Oxford Paperback Reference Series)

by Timothy Darvill
     
 

With over 4,000 entries covering the essential vocabulary for everyday archaeological work in the English language, this up-to-date dictionary is the most wide-ranging and comprehensive of its kind. There is coverage of principles, theories, techniques, artefacts, materials, people, places, monuments, equipment, and descriptive terms—from amphora to ziggurat,

Overview

With over 4,000 entries covering the essential vocabulary for everyday archaeological work in the English language, this up-to-date dictionary is the most wide-ranging and comprehensive of its kind. There is coverage of principles, theories, techniques, artefacts, materials, people, places, monuments, equipment, and descriptive terms—from amphora to ziggurat, and Beaker Culture to molluscan analysis. The dictionary focuses especially on Europe, the Old World, and the Americas, and covers legislation relating to the United Kingdom and the USA. The archaeology of a selection of key sites from around the world is also described.
A quick reference section of maps and tables provides an easy way to rapidly locate information on the main chronological periods and traditions, international conventions, and stratigraphic subdivisions. Written by a leading authority, the dictionary's detailed but clear entries provide an essential reference source for students, teachers, professionals, and enthusiasts alike.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Archaeologists' jargon can be hard on the amateur and Timothy Darvill's dictionary is good at demystifying it."—Sunday Telegraph

Library Journal
Darvill (archaeology, Bournemouth Univ.), the author of numerous journal articles and books on ancient Britain, has compiled a useful ready-reference archaeological resource with more than 4000 entries arranged alphabetically and coded by type, e.g., artifact; biographical; cultural phase or period; deity; document; equipment; general term; legal term; material; monument class or category; site, monument, or area of archaeological importance; and technique. This wealth of authoritative information written for the general reader is supplemented with appendixes featuring a list of principal international conventions for the preservation of archaeological and historic sites and artifacts, 1954-93; time lines for the Americas; a chronology of the British Bronze Age; Egyptian dynasties; Roman emperors; and rulers of England to 1066. The form and content are most similar to the out-of-print Facts On File Dictionary of Archaeology (1988), edited by R.D. Whitehouse, but missing its useful subject index, extensive bibliography, and excellent crossreferencing; for instance, Darvill does not refer the user from Hissarlik to Troy, Hattusas to Boghazkoy, or Xi'an to Chang'an. Biographical entries for British monarchs of the 18th and 19th centuries are included while omitting Khufu, Thutmose III, and Hammurabi. Important sites like Abydos, Ebla, and Ugarit are missing. Despite these concerns, this work does fill a current need and is recommended for reference collections not owning the Facts On File publication. Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192800053
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Darvill is Professor of Archaeology at Bournemouth University, and chairman of the board of directors of the Cotswold Archaeological Trust Ltd. His previous books include The Archaeology of the Uplands (1986), Prehistoric Britain (1987), and Prehistoric Britain from the Air (1996).

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