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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National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)   The administrative branch the Department Interior that officially reviews nominations archaeological and historic sites structures guides federal implementation cultural resources legislation
natural levels (also "stratigraphic levels")   an excavation level defined by the original units of site
net sinker (also "net weight", "sinker")   a rock used to submerge fishing May be grooved notched or perforated
neutron activation analysis (NAA)   a method used in the of artifact composition which depends on excitation nuclei atoms sample's various elements when these are bombarded with slow neutrons The is accurate to about plus or minus percent
NISP (number of identified specimens)   a gross counting technique used in the quantification animal bones The method may produce misleading results assessing relative abundance different species since skeletal differences and differential rates bone preservation mean that some will be represented more than others
National Historic Preservation Act of 1966   Public Law - as amended by law Amendments Stat This act and its amendments clearly established the basic funding implementation archaeological work in federally funded projects
National Park Proclamation   special distinction given to an area for the preservation and public education of a historic site
National Park Service   Established within the U S Department of Interior in to manage System which today comprises approximately national parks historic sites battlefields seashores and other quot designations The is chief agency federal government charged with protecting archaeological significance
Native American   Of or relating to a tribe people culture that is indigenous the United States Synonymous quot Indian
native copper   metallic found naturally in nuggets which can be worked by hammering cutting and annealing
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