type-site

[ tahyp-sahyt ]
/ ˈtaɪpˌsaɪt /

noun Archaeology.

the place where artifacts characteristic of a particular culture or cultural stage have first been found in situ, customarily adopted as the name of that culture or stage.

Origin of type-site

First recorded in 1930–35; type + site
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Science definitions for type site

type site


An archaeological or anthropological site regarded as definitively characteristic of a particular culture and whose name is often applied to the culture. For example, the Olduvai Gorge in northern Tanzania is the type site for the Oldowan culture.
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