Archaeology Glossary Terms
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Archaeology glossary is a comprehensive guide which provides meanings of popular terminology used in archaeology. It is particularly a valuable source for the people who term themselves as beginners in the field of archaeology.

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habitation area   a generalized term for house or tent floor the remains of any other type aboriginal shelter
habitation site   a location where human group has lived and conducted normal daily activities for significant period
Hadean   The earliest subdivision of the Precambrian spanning time between formation Earth about billion years ago and start Archaean era This interval predates period true geologic since no rocks this age are known on with exception a few meteorites
Haft   To attach a shaft or handle to projectile knife blade provide with
hafted   attached with a binding to shaft or handle e.g. quot knife
Hafting Area   The basal portion or proximal end of a projectile knife blade which was designed for attaching lashing adhering to shaft handle use characteristics this artifact are critical accurate identification Such attributes as notching fluting thinning grinding stemming key diagnostic elements point typology In most cases specimen can be classified if only the example is found intact while absence part will make specific analysis and effort difficult impossible
half-life   the time taken for half quantity of a radioactive isotope in sample to decay see also
hammerstone   a natural rounded largely unmodified pebble used as an unhafted hammer A stone usually hard river that shows battering scars resulting from repeated use or platform in the flaking process
hand-axe   a Paleolithic stone tool usually made by modifying chipping or flaking natural pebble
hand-level   a small simple hand-held surveying instrument for establishing horizontal lines-of-sight over short distances
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