The New Penguin Dictionary of Archaeology (Penguin Reference)

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Every year, archaeology uncovers dozens of fragments that change the way we look at ourselves. The history of humanity is being rewritten as we speak, and The New Penguin Dictionary of Archaeology is your guide to this ever-fluctuating science. This fully up-to-date volume covers over three million years of human development across the world - from the emergence of the first humans via the cave paintings of Lascaux to the ancient civilisation of Mesopotamia and prehistoric cultures of Siberia. This fascinating reference book will be invaluable for academics, enthusiasts and the curious in this rich and perennially stimulating subject.

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KEYHOLE TOMBS

Mounded tombs of Kofun period Japan, with a ground plan shaped like an old-fashioned keyhole. They are assumed to be the tombs of the rulers and highest-ranking elite. The symbolism of the shape is unknown and generally unrepresented in other East Asian mounded tomb traditions. In the 4th-5th centuries AD, two sizes are found, their lengths averaging approximately 100 and 200 m (110 and 220 yds).

THEODOLITE

A surveying instrument consisting of a focusing telescope which is able to pivot on both horizontal and vertical planes; scales for measuring vertical and horizontal angles; and some type of levelling device. It is used to survey and map sites and surrounding environments, to plot excavation units and debris, and for topographic mapping.

PAESTUM

(Gk Poseidonia) A coastal Greek colony in Lucania, Italy, founded c600 BC. It is notable for a major series of temples in the Doric order which were rediscovered in the 18th century. They were dedicated to Argive Hera (the `Basilica'), Poseidon and Athena (`Ceres'), and range in date from the mid 6th century to the mid 5th century BC. A Roman forum was inserted over some of the sanctuary areas in the 3rd century BC; buildings include a shrine to the emperor and a temple of peace. There are also traces of an amphitheatre within the walled city. Some of the local tombs were decorated with murals, one of the more famous being the 5th-century BC `Tomb of the Divers'.

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Paul Bahn's many publications on archaeology include Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (with Colin Renfew), The Cambridge Illustrated History of Prehistoric Art and Atlas of World Archaeology. He lives in Hull.

Paul Bahn's many publications on archaeology include Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (with Colin Renfew), The Cambridge Illustrated History of Prehistoric Art and Atlas of World Archaeology. He lives in Hull.

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