BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from www.bic.org.uk.

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
H Humanities
HD Archaeology
Note: for all HD* codes, also assign more specific Geographical and Time Period qualifiers where possible
HDA Archaeological theory
HDD Archaeology by period / region
HDL Landscape archaeology
HDP Environmental archaeology
HDR Underwater archaeology
HDT Industrial archaeology
HDW Archaeological science, methodology and techniques
Note: includes dating and excavation techniques


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