Over 4,000 entries include artefacts, techniques, terminology, people, sites, and periods, and specialist areas such as industrial and maritime archaeology. The dictionary's primary focus is on Europe, the Old World, and the Americas, but it includes key archaeological sites around the world.
A comprehensive and authoritative overview of archaeology, from domestication of the camel, to Egyptian hieroglyphics, to luminescence dating, to the Mayan calendar, to Koobi Fora and Olduvai Gorge. Includes biographies of the great figures in the field, from Gertrude Bell, Paul Emile Botta, and Louis and Mary Leakey, to V. Gordon Childe, Li Chi, Heinrich Schliemann, and Max Uhle. Extensive coverage of the methods used in archaeological research. Broad essays that examine human evolution and explore the many general facets of culture.