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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

Timothy Darvill
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31 July 2008 Oxford Paperback Reference
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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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (31 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199534047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199534043
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

About 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful little dictionary 11 May 2012
By Aimée
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Useful little dictionary to aid those non-archaeologist and archaeologist alike!

What is good about this dictionary is that not only does it contain the practical words and terminology of archaeology but also it contains sites, excavations and artefacts of the more well know case studies and items such as Boxgrove and the Rosetta Stone.

However, this edition was last printed in 2003 but now there is a 2008 reprint which is probably more appropriate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 28 May 2014
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Easy to use simply and detailed explanations , good value, will be using for the rest of my history degree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very useful book 30 Jan 2014
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words, terminology and sites. This dictionary provided to basic answers to the questions by non-archaeologist and archaeologist
Highly recommended for anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dictionary 19 Jun 2013
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During my course I have referred to this book continually and been regularly rewarded with its content, I find it an incredibly useful part of my library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for reference 6 Feb 2013
By babby
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I bought this book because I am interested in Archaeology and wanted to learn what some of the technical words meant. This book is great for reference and I would reccomend it to anyone.
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