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The first overview of sampling for archaeologists for over twenty years, this manual offers a comprehensive account of the application of statistical sampling theory that is essential to modern archaeological practice, at a range of scales, from the regional to the microscopic. It includes a discussion of the relevance of sampling theory to archaeological interpretation, and considers its fundamental place in fieldwork and post excavation study. It demonstrates the vast range of techniques that are available, only some of which are widely used by archaeologists. A section on statistical theory also reviews the latest developments in the field, and the presentation is clear and user friendly. The formal mathematics is available in an appendix, which is cross-referenced with the main text.Read more
- Can be used as a main textbook in courses in archaeological fieldwork, and as a supplementary text in environmental archaeology and museum studies
- Covers a wide range of applications within archaeology
- Well known and wide-ranging scholar, who has written previously on mathematics and spatial analysis in archaeology, and a manual on pottery in this series
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"...probably one of the best books written on sampling and sampling statistics...I would recommend it most highly, as it provides one of the most succinct assessments of sampling in archaeology to date." Canadian Journal of ArchaeologySee more reviews
"This book provides good advice on designing and planning archaelogical studies and contains an extensive up-to-date bibliography." Journal of Anthropological Research
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- Date Published: May 2000
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521566667
- length: 276 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.45kg
- contains: 43 b/w illus. 10 maps 12 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. 'All the world's a sample'
2. 'A little of what you fancy?'
3. 'If this is the sample, what was the population?'
4. 'Covering the ground'
5. 'What's in a site?'
6. 'The answer lies in the soil'
7. 'But many sanguine people hope, to see them through a microscope'
8. 'In its depth, what treasures?'
9. 'Beyond random sampling'
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