type site

type-site

[tahyp-sahyt]
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:
1930–35; type + site

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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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