type site

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type site (plural type sites)

  1. (archaeology) An archaeological site considered the representative example of a particular culture, frequently its first discovery and frequently used as its eponym
    • 1935, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 1 6
      The Late Bronze Age assemblage to which the type site offers no significant parallel.
    • 1959, J.G.D. Clark, Reflections on the significance of prehistoric cultural influences in South West Africa, VI 159
      Bambata is the type site for the Stillbay Culture in Rhodesia.
    • 1981, P. Salway, Roman Britain, 7
      A ‘type-site’ is, in archaeological jargon, the site after which a culture is named, often the site at which it was first discovered or recognized as distinct.
  2. (geology) A geologic site considered the representative example or first discovery of a stratographic level or other feature
    • 1975, J.G. Evans, The Environment of Early Man on the British Isles, I 8
      Each interglacial is named after a type site or area where deposits of that stage occur.

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