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Dictionary of Artifacts

ISBN: 978-0-470-76619-4
360 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Containing close to 3,000 words and definitions, Dictionary of Artifacts is an indispensable reference for anyone working within the field of archaeology.

* Entries detail artifact's classification and typology; raw materials; methods and techniques of creation; principles and techniques of examination and identification; and instructions for the care and preservation of specimens.

* Along with a headword and definition, pronunciations, synonyms, cross-references, and the category/categories also accompany each entry

* Drawings, photographs, and extensive annnotated bibliography are included for more complete comprehension
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Preface.

Entries.

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Barbara Ann Kipfer is a lexicographer and archaeologist and has a PhD in linguistics from the University of Exeter and a PhD in archaeology from Greenwich University. She is the author of the 7,000 headword Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology (2000) and The Archaeologist's Fieldwork Companion (Blackwell, 2007).
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  • An essential reference guide for the field of archaeology which catalogues over 3,000 entries on artifacts
  • Entries detail artifact’s classification and typology; raw materials; methods and techniques of creation; principles and techniques of examination and identification; and instructions for the care and preservation of specimens
  • Along with a headword and definition, pronunciations, synonyms, cross-references, and the category/categories also accompany each entry
  • Drawings, photographs, and extensive annnotated bibliography are included for more complete comprehension
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"This is a well-planned, well-written and nicely produced volume. ... It will serve its target audience well." (Reference Reviews, April 2008)

"Definitions are written with the general reader in mind and address discovery, typology, dating, conservation, and decoration. ... This is a useful handbook for students and other lay readers interested in archaeology." (Library Journal)

"The nearly 3,000 entries are written in a style suitable for both specialists and general readers. They clarify terminology relating to many types of artifacts and representing a global range of the archaeological record--examples being cultural assemblages, time periods, and function. Beyond a basic level of identification by form and common characteristics, entries also address, as appropriate, questions of analysis, preservation and proper care, decoration, production methods and technology, well-known examples of each type of artifact, and types that are uniquely classified by their substance of manufacture. These types of data are often present in more general reference works on archaeology, but not usually treated as a separate dimension of the field." (CHOICE)

Dictionary of Artifacts is a surprisingly useful idea and an indispensable guide for students”
–Larry J. Zimmerman, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

"An extremely useful handbook. It is comprehensive while being concise. A great tool for teachers, students, curators and all who have interest in craft and technology!"
–Rolf Winkes, Brown University

“Up to date with the latest on the Dead Sea Scrolls or glaciation, and packed with everything from the atlal to the zong, this Dictionary of Artifacts will be a useful, concise compendium.”
–Jennifer Wallace, Reference Books

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