Unit Issues in Archaeology: Measuring Time, Space, and by Ann F. Ramenofsky, Anastasia Steffen

By Ann F. Ramenofsky, Anastasia Steffen

Because the participants to this well-edited e-book clarify the method of splitting up and classifying the fabric list of regularly altering lifestyles continues to be a hugely arguable and theoretical one. a number of the papers talk about how typologies are created to separate one form of stone software from one other. one other paper specializes in the type of panorama devices analyzing concerns reminiscent of the id of `sites' in the course of extensive survey. Such assorted fields of enquiry (imposing order on `time', `space' and `material') are pulled jointly via an exceptional advent which defines the matter and indicates theoretical methods of drawing close it.

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Scatter plot of Poverty Point object assemblage richness against sample size. 7. Locations within the Mississippi Valley of the 10 sites included in the distributional analysis. 8. Cluster dendrograms based on rank-order correlation coefficient of production costs as the distance measure and three different linkage methods. 9. Scatter plot of linear distance between sites and formal similarity among all assemblages. 10. Scatter plot of linear distance between sites and formal similarity for low - and high - cost assemblages.

Louis have continued their unflagging support; and John Christopher's patience will be rewarded. Page 1 PART I INTRODUCTION Page 3 I Units as Tools of Measurement Ann F. Ramenofsky and Anastasia Steffen In grade school we learned that scientists were people who measured things. The process of measurement not only unlocked truths about the world, but the measurements themselves, whether centimeters, pounds, decibels, or ohms, were absolute. Only later, when we actually tried to measure the edge angle of a projectile point or the thickness of a ceramic sherd did we discover the "awful truth" about science and measurement: "Nothing is more absolute than the fact that nothing is absolute" (Strauss 1994:4).

They are the means by which we partition and specify a range of variability that is relevant for particular research interests (see Read [1982] for a similar but more restricted definition of unit). Unit construction is the process of specifying and creating these measurement tools. As with units, other more familiar termsclassification, taxonomy, clustering, or paradigmrefer to particular methods of partitioning. Unit construction, though unwieldy, emphasizes the conceptual aspects of the process and incorporates all partitioning methods.

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