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Chaine opératoire
CATEGORY: lithics
DEFINITION: A perspective for studying lithic technology that emphasizes the sequence of decisions and behaviors from raw material selection and acquisition, through manufacture, use, recycling, and discard.
cauldron chains
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Pairs of connected short lengths of iron chain used to suspend a bronze cauldron over a source of heat.
chain
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A series of connecting metal links.
chain mail
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: mail
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A type of protective body armor in the form of interlinked metal rings, worn by European knights and other military men throughout most of the medieval period. An early form of mail, made by sewing iron rings to fabric or leather, was worn in late Roman times and may have originated in Asia, where it was worn for many centuries.
chaining
CATEGORY: typology
DEFINITION: A problem found in hierarchical clustering methods whereby items in the same group may have no attribute values in common but are still grouped together because other members of the group share attribute values with one or both of them.
food chain
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: food web
CATEGORY: flora; fauna
DEFINITION: The set of relationships among plant and animal species in an ecosystem through which energy is channeled.

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