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Archaeology: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Guide to Library resources available at the U. of Lethbridge Library related to Archaeology.

Archaeology Reference Sources

Reference sources (i.e., encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, etc.) are excellent starting points for beginning your research about a particular topic.

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Archaeology Dictionaries

Examples of resources that provide information on Archaeology-related topics and explain terminology used within the discipline:

Archaeology Encyclopedias & Related Reference Works

Examples of resources that provide background information relevant for researching topics in Archaeology:

Archaeology: Topic Overview

Broadly defined, archaeology is the study of the human past through the discovery, analysis, and interpretation of the material remains of that past over space and time. The bulk of such material evidence is artifactual, which is anything made or modified by human action. Artifacts encompass everything from the stone tools discarded at Gona in Ethiopia 2.5 million years ago to the trash discarded yesterday. [continue reading entry in reference work]

SOURCE: Archaeology. (2008). In W. A. Darity, Jr. (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 163-170). Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA.