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abstract data type
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: ADT
CATEGORY: database design
DEFINITION: A class of data that does not conform to alphanumeric, numeric, Boolean, text, or string types; includes time and date fields as well as special data types for ordinal time, statistical dates, stratigraphic order, and spatial context.
contract archaeology
CATEGORY: branch
DEFINITION: Archaeological work conducted under the direction and regulations of governments or other agencies, especially under the aegis of federal or state legislation, and often in advance of highway construction or urban development. Archaeologists are contracted to undertake research to protect cultural resources.
contracting
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: In lithics, a term that refers to the width of a stem or point that is diminishing in outline.
extraction locus
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: Any place where large amounts of material are extracted or processed, such as a quarry, clay pit, or kill site.
subtractive technology
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Any manufacturing process in which artifacts take form as material is removed from the original mass. Flint knapping is a subtractive technology.
tract
CATEGORY: technique
DEFINITION: The sampling element in a quadrat sample research design.

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