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11.06.09 - Friday 1 Seriation a Statistical term for...

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Friday, November 06, 2009 1) Seriation a) Statistical term for placing items in a series so that the position of each item best reflects the degree of its similarity with all the other items in the set b) things that are similar go next to each other c) stochastic change: change that happens is because of what came before it d) archaeologists use seriation to tell time; chronological seriation e) two varieties of seriation i) evolutionary seriation ii) similary seriation f) evolutionary seriation i) orders items in a sequence based on a simple universal rule (simple to complex, primitive to advanced) ii) direction and order of development is derived from the rule iii) problem with evolutionary seriation (1) too many exceptions to the rule (Africa went from stone to iron; skipped bronze) (2) seldom used; even Christian Thomsen recognized bronze artifacts made in the “iron age” g) similary seriation i) not based on a rule of development ii) first proposed in Europe in 1750s iii) dated classical sculpture by relating changes in their style to (1) what ancient writers said about the art (2) old coins associated with sculptures iv) 1850; John Evans seriated coins v)
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