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‘Erfahrungsbericht’ of application of different quantitative methods at Kalapodi

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conference contribution
posted on 21.02.2013, 15:51 by Sara Strack
Late Bronze and Early Iron Age levels in a sample trench at the Central Greek cult site at Kalapodi are used to apply a range of quantitative methods, in order to assess their comparability, as well as applicability and ease of use for an assemblage characterized by a high degree of fragmentation and corresponding low completeness. Sherd count, weight, rim and base portion EVEs, MNIs, and aggregate feature count are assessed for their uses and pitfalls. While none of these methods are found to be entirely unproblematic, and while all have their advocates and opponents in the relevant bibliography, it is argued that particularly for the analysis of pottery as evidence for human behaviour, but also for the comparison of assemblages across sites and/or periods, methods establishing vessel numbers (EVE, MNI, AFC) are preferable over those establishing the amount of pottery (sherd count, weight). A comparison of data sets resulting from different quantitative methods illustrates that the latter are roughly equivalent, suggesting that the quantitative approach best suited for each assemblage can be chosen while retaining inter-site and inter-period comparability. Finally, an examination of sample size effect on representation of artefact classes shows the need for sample sizes larger than anticipated in order to obtain statistically significant data.

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Citation

Strack, S. ‘‘Erfahrungsbericht’ of application of different quantitative methods at Kalapodi’ in Verdan, S. et al. (eds.) Early Iron Age Pottery: A Quantitative Approach, (Copyright © 2011, Archaeopress), pp. 45-60

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF ARTS, HUMANITIES AND LAW/School of Archaeology and Ancient History

Source

International Round Table organized by the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece (Athens, November 28-30, 2008)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Strack

Publisher

Archaeopress

isbn

9781407308210

Copyright date

2011

Available date

30/04/2013

Publisher version

http://www.archaeopress.com

Editors

Verdan, Samuel;Theurillat, Thierry;Kenzelmann Pfyffer, Anne

Book series

BAR;S2254

Language

en