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General archaeology

Terms and definitions of archaeology -- the study of human society through the analysis of artifacts, architecture, biofacts and cultural landscapes.

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General archaeology

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Archaeology; General archaeology

A method used in the dating of both human and animal bones. Its special significance is that with a small sample (10g) it can be applied to material up to 100,000 years old or beyond the time range ...

uranium series dating

Archaeology; General archaeology

A dating method based on the radioactive decay of isotopes of uranium. It has proved particularly useful for the period before 50,000 years ago, which lies outside the time range of radiocarbon ...

light-table

Archaeology; General archaeology

A glass-topped table illuminated from underneath, used in the laboratory photography of archaeological specimens.

biface

Archaeology; General archaeology

A stone artifact flaked on both faces.

ethnology

Archaeology; General archaeology

A subset of cultural anthropology concerned with the comparative study of contemporary cultures, with a view to deriving general principles about human society.

early man

Archaeology; General archaeology

In the New World this term refers to the oldest known human occupants - i.e. prior to ca. 8,000 B. P.

sociolinguistics

Archaeology; General archaeology

A branch of anthropological linguistics that studies how language and culture are related and how language is used in different social contexts.

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