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Typologies and classifications

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Subject Description

This term is used to index information on typologies and classifications including discussions on morphological types ("discs"), functional types (knife vs. axe), temporal types (chopper vs. hand axe), and/or cognitive types (use of mental template). This category is also used to index statements about how and why artifacts (ceramics, projectile points), or other archaeological data such as architecture (domestic architecture, public architecture, road ways, etc.) or site type (camp site, kill sites, base camps, lithic quarries, etc.) have been typed or placed into categories; what the typologies or categories are called (Moche vs. Nasca pottery, Clovis vs. Folsom projectile points); discussions about the temporal or spatial significance of the artifact categories; seriation; etc.

This category, term, and scope note were introduced in 1997.

Archaeological measures, techniques, and analyses

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