Welcome to the A is for Archaeology Wiki[edit | edit source]

A primer of basic archaeological concepts; improving archaeological literacy, one letter of the alphabet at a time.

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A tool for the education of science, this first edition's target audience is 4th graders (~10 year-olds). Other age groups will be included later.

Basic guidelines for editors of this Wiki are:

  1. This is a collaborative effort; everyone is encouraged to create and/or edit articles. By the same token, however, anything you edit is fair game for everyone else to edit, too. Please avoid "edit wars" by discussing disagreements on an article's "Talk" page.
  2. Remember the target audience; there's a fine line between talking down to someone and talking over their heads but, if you're not sure, try to give them the benefit of the doubt (aim a little higher, rather than a little lower).
  3. Try to keep the articles between one and three paragraphs long (a good rule of thumb is whatever will fit onto about one average screen). If you have other, related terms or concepts that need to be explained, consider creating separate pages and then adding hyperlinks to them.
  4. A picture is worth a thousand words. Just make sure that you have permission to upload any image before you do so.
  5. Excluded are specific sites and/or cultures; there are plenty of other "glossaries" out there in which the majority of entries focus on those; the purpose of THIS project is to introduce basic archaeological terms and concepts.

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