Ex 3 Burial Stats

Ex 3 Burial Stats - • Five methods possible – simple...

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Exercise 3 Archaeological Sampling and Culture Interpretation
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An excavated site presents several opportunities for analysis and interpretation. Goals need to be clear in order to match the correct analytical procedure to the data.
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Although several statistical techniques are usually employed by archaeologists, this exercise will avoid most of these. We will apply different sampling strategies to the data to see whether this leads to different results.
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Outcomes To discover the chronological sequence of the cemetery. To discover the topographical basis for the layout of the cemetery. To ascertain the gender balance of the cemetery. To determine whether there is a hierarchical structure to the cemetery. To discuss possible meanings to burial practice, grave goods, or chronology.
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Sampling You will have time to compare only two
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Unformatted text preview: • Five methods possible – simple random – stratified random – systematic – cluster – whole coverage Materials • Data sheet with grave information • Site map of excavated graves • Data release sheets will be made available as “new information” is processed. Procedures • Work in groups of three. • Select two sampling strategies to apply to the site data. • Analyze the burial data and various associated artifacts for patterns. • Discuss potential meanings: cultural or symbolic. Report • You may want to include simple statistical analysis (for instance, percentages). • Report your findings and conclusions in the following format: – summary of methods – results of analysis – theoretical conclusions based on data...
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