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Elsevier Dictionary of Archaeological Materials and Archaeometry
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This comprehensive and well-organized dictionary is addressed to readers interested in archaeology, ancient art and the natural sciences. It is intended to bridge existing gaps in information, communication and language, between these fields of study of the humanities and the sciences. The dictionary provides succint definitions of the materials and technologies used to produce, modify and shape materials in the past and concise introductions to the scientific concepts and techniques now used to identify, characterize and date ancient materials and the technologies of altering them.
The range of topics covered in the dictionary extends from the basic properties and characteristics of materials used in antiquity, their alteration and transformation into other materials and the fabrication of artificial materials, to modern methods for ascertaining their composition and authenticity, dating them and establishing their geological and geographic origin.The entries - introductory rather than definitive - are presented in a form accessible to the non-specialist reader and have been designed to serve as stepping-off points for further study. Cross references lead to other related entries, while in the extensive bibliography there is detailed information on relevant first-hand accounts, monographs and reviews. Entry terms are translated into five languages - French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish - and there are indices for each of these languages.
Archaeologists, antiquarians, art historians, conservators, museum curators and natural scientists, will find this dictionary to be a compact and convenient source of valuable information.
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