The first overview of sampling for archaeologists for over twenty years, this manual offers a comprehensive account of the applications of statistical sampling theory which are essential to modern archaeological practice at a range of scales, from the regional to the microscopic. Bringing archaeologists up to date with an aspect of their work which is often misunderstood, 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 latest developments in the field, and the formal mathematics is available in an appendix, 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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- 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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