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boss
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A stud on the center of a shield
bossed bone plaque
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Objects of unknown function made from long animal bones and carved with a row of bosses - circular, square, or oval ornamental motifs. Examples from Lerna, Troy, and Altamura date to the late 3rd millennium BC. The finest have engraved decoration also. A series from Castelluccio, Sicily, with outliers in Italy and Malta, are curved in cross-section and dated just before 2500 BC.
embossing
CATEGORY: ceramics
DEFINITION: The raising of portions of a ceramic piece to form decorative or functional patterns.

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