Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology

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By (author) Timothy Darvill

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 36mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 8 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199534047
  • ISBN 13: 9780199534043
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 124,530

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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, 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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Author information

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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Review from previous edition 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

Table of contents

PREFACE ; ABBREVIATIONS ; THE DICTIONARY ; QUICK REFERENCE ; 1. Principal international conventions and recommendations converning the preservation of archaeological and historic sites and artefacts ; 2. Principal stratgraphic subdivisions of the Cenozoic era ; 3. Principal stratigraphic subdivisions of the Quaternary system in northwest Europe ; 4. Principal geostratigraphic and biostratigraphic subdivisions of the late Devensian and Flandrian stages in the British Isles ; 5. Correlation of the principal geostratigraphic stages of the Pleistocene series in Europe and North America ; 6. Principal periods, industrial ages, and traditions of the British Bronze Age ; 7. Principal cultural phases in the Americas ; 8. Egyptian rulers and dynasties ; 9. Roman emperors ; 10. Leaders, rulers, kings, and queens of England to ad 1066 ; 11. Selected archaeological websites and portals