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Archaeological map of distribution of the Celtic Hallstatt culture ca. 800 – 400 BCE.
Hallstatt Amber Choker necklace.
19th century illustration of Hallstatt swords.

In archaeology a type site (also known as a type-site or typesite) is a site that is considered the model of a particular archaeological culture. For example, the type site of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A culture is Jericho, in the West Bank, while the type site of the pre-celtic/Celtic Bronze Age Hallstatt culture is the lakeside village of Hallstatt, Austria.


A type site contains artifacts, in an assemblage, that are typical of that culture. Type sites are often the first or foundational site discovered about the culture they represent. The use of this term is therefore similar to that of the specimen type in biology (see biological types) or locus typicus (type locality) in geology.

Notable type sites




North America


Southern Asia

East Asia


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