The creation of inventories is among the the core task of museums and is dependent on reliable works of reference and consistent terminology. Volume three of the series »Bestimmungsbuch Archäologie« ("Guide to Archeological Classification"), which is edited by Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen in Bayern (State Agency of Non-governmental Museums in Bavaria) is dedicated to a special object group: needles from the Upper Paleolithic Period to the High Middle Ages. Perhaps because they seem unspectacular at first sight, they have never been placed into a typological scheme. Sewing needles and pins are essential
for the production of clothing, needles served as jewelry, body decoration
or as metalworking tools. They were made from bones or metal and their designs range from artless to sophisticated and figurative. A thesaurus presents the surprising variety of types and forms and provides a definition, list of sources, and an illustration for every term. It facilitates the classification of object types as well as the determination of age and geographic proliferation, making this book a great reference for layman and scholars alike.