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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology
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PREFACE; ABBREVIATIONS; DICTIONARY; 1. Principle international conventions and recommendations concerning the preservation of archaeological and historic sites and artefacts; 2. Principal stratigraphic subdivisions of the Cenozoic area; 3. Principal stratigraphic subdivisions of the Quaternary system; 4. Principal geostratigraphic and biostratigraphic subdivisions of the late Devensian and Flandrian stages in the British Isles; 5. Correlation of the principal geostratigraphic subdivisions of the Pleistocene series in Europe and North America; 6. Principal phases, industrial traditions and stages of the British Bronze Age; 7. Principal North American cultural phases; 8. Egyptian rulers and dynasties; 9. Roman emperors; 10. Leaders, rulers, kings, and queens of England to AD1066

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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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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.

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


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

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


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


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