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CATEGORY: structure
DEFINITION: The base of a structure, especially one supporting a statue or monumental column. It has three parts: the base or foot next to the ground, the dado or die forming the center, and the cornice or surbase moldings at the top. A second architectural definition is the support or foot of a late classic or neoclassical column. The term also refers to any upright column of sediment that is left standing as the surrounding archaeological excavation continues, to reflect the stratigraphy of the site or hold a specific artifact in place.
pedestal beaker
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Type of drinking cup with a distinct base section or foot forming an integral part of the lower body; some are Gallo-Belgic, others are locally made in Britain.
CATEGORY: technique
DEFINITION: An excavation technique in which excavated items are left in place (in situ) on columns of soil until the entire unit is excavated.

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