An Encyclopedia of Concepts and Terminology in American Archaeology
Genetics – DNA
Books: B&W, 8 1/2 x 11 in, 598 pages, charts and illustrations, references.
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Based on 100+ professional archaeologists’ quotations, this CD has 7500 definitions, methods, and concepts used in American prehistoric archaeology. It is an ideal look-up publication for amateur to professional archaeologists as well as a basic source for students who want to learn the terminology. The text is arranged alphabetically with tables, illustrations, and references.
This publication is based on the author’s 40 years of archaeological experience from which he collected terms, methods, and interpretations. The publication stared as a simple dictionary for the Archeological Society of Virginia which its members used to better understand archaeology. It has grown to 7500 entries with hundreds of illustrations.
The basic approach was to address archaeology as a science based on various standards, principles, and methods. The user has at hand most of the words used in American archaeology. The terms and their definitions in this publication make it easier to understand to communication within the archaeology profession. Unfamiliar terms can be consulted in this publication which often gives professional archaeologists’ interpretations, definitions, and experienced opinions.
The main theme is lithic material culture with various explanation needed for the various concepts. Additionally, rigorous scientific approaches are presented as a basic philosophy in archaeology. Also, the early occupation of the Americas and its concepts are incorporated into the text. Most professional theory-based methods are explained and illustrated.
Typology and classification are presented with terms that make their operation in archaeology acceptable within the profession. Along with ethical standards, Native American concerns, and a public philosophy with museums, this publication is a natural for American archaeological practices and standards.
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