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Seriation Exercise

# Seriation Exercise - the end and which is the beginning You...

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1. What are the assumptions necessary for seriation to work? The assumptions necessary for seriation to work is that the pottery is from the same cultural tradition and local area, each type has a comparable duration, the change is continuous and gradual over time and that the change of pottery type on a graph will be unimodal. B. What does the “battleship” curve represent? The battleship curve represents the popularity of a pottery style. It is also called a unimodal curve. It represents conception, rise to popularity, and then extinction. C. Can you determine what direction time is going (i.e. which sample is the youngest)? No, you cannot determine what direction time is going or which sample is youngest. You can see pottery styles ending and beginning in relation to eachother, but you don’t know which is
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Unformatted text preview: the end and which is the beginning. You have no point of refrence. D. What are some potential problems with the seriation method? Some potential problems with seriation are that you cannot determine where time begins or ends, all the cultural traditions and local area requirements must be met, and it is easily possible for biases to occur while sampling because you cannot sample the entire site. E. Which pottery style (if any) is the least helpful for this seriation exercise? The pottery type that is the least helpful for this seriation exercise is Type 1. It is least helpful because its popularity does not diminish or increase making it difficult to show which time period it is from, or use it in reference to any other style....
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