The terms chosen for inclusion have originated primarily from the technical and Geography, biography specialized terminologies used by archaeologists on digs and, as such, are completely current and and history relevant to specialists. They include, but are not limited to, materials and their forms, for example, Chinaware, Porcelain, alongside technology, methodology, topography (Hill-top RR 2017/116 Settlement), geography (Island), architecture, The Archaeological Excavation time and measurement (Imperial Roman), in Dictionary addition to terms relating to conservation and preservation. In this way, the ﬁeld of Anna Kieburg archaeology and its broader, associated sciences, Pen and Sword Archaeology are all catered for. A note of caution is warned Barnsley in the introduction that this Dictionary could not be exhaustive of all the relevant terminology, 127 pp. and as such, some more speciﬁc detail is not ISBN 978 1 78346 371 8 included. Some of the more speciﬁc typology relating to ceramics has, for example, been £12.99 omitted. Keywords Archaeology, Dictionaries In the translation from English (the ﬁrst Review DOI 10.1108/RR-03-2017-0051 language used) into both Greek and Arabic, the dictionary not only uses the spelling of the word The Archaeological Excavation Dictionary is a handy, slim, A5 paperback publication designed but also the phonetic pronunciation to help with to be used in the ﬁeld, or certainly in the ﬁeld those attempting to use the words. All those who ofﬁce when working on sites abroad. collaborated to compile this Dictionary are Archaeological terminology is probably deserving experienced in linguistics and/or varying periods of a dictionary of its own in the English of archaeology and historical studies, making it a language, but this useful little book goes further trustworthy and academic source of detail and than that and provides a dictionary in eight information. This Dictionary is likely to be an languages. English, German, French, Italian, indispensable guide to anyone currently engaged Spanish, Greek, Turkish and Arabic all feature on a dig abroad or planning to undertake one. It in this dictionary with translations for each word should become a standard item on every in every language; moreover, scripts for both archaeologist’s bookshelf. Arabic and Greek are a feature. Over 2,000 Louise Ellis-Barrett terms are represented, making this book an Head of Library, St John’s School, essential tool on sites away from home, Leatherhead, UK whichever country the archaeologist originates from. The aim of the Dictionary is to overcome the RR 2017/117 issue of not being able to understand colleagues The Dictionary of Physical Geography on a dig, to ensure that all those on the dig can (4th edition) communicate with one another successfully, that objects are correctly identiﬁed by all members of Edited by David S.G. Thomas the dig and that there are fewer mistranslations, Wiley miscommunications and stilted conversations. Hoboken, NJ An added advantage of the dictionary and its terminology is that digs can progress more productively, making them more enjoyable and ISBN 978 1 4443 1317 8 more memorable. However, whilst the Dictionary URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/ does contain the translations in eight languages for archaeological terms, it would most likely be Last visited December 2016 advisable to anyone planning a dig abroad to Contact publisher for pricing information take a standard dictionary with them too – it would not help much to be able to communicate Also available in print (xvii 614 pp. ISBN 978 1 118 in archaeological terms and not in any other! 78234 7 £95 $150 (hbck) or ISBN 978 1 118 78233 0 £32.50 $55 (pbck)) and as an e-book (ISBN 978 1 118 78230 9 £29.95 $44.99) Reference Reviews Keywords Dictionaries, Physical geography Volume 31 · Number 4 · 2017 · pp. 36 –38 © Emerald Publishing Limited · ISSN 0950-4125 Review DOI 10.1108/RR-01-2017-0007
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