This article explores human diet in central Germany during the Neolithic and through the Bronze age. The researchers us isotope analysis from faunal and human remains to try to discover patterns in food consumption and find out how the diet of people in this region has changed over time. It also highlights how the different foods that people were growing and harvesting over the same time period and why the types of food they were consuming might have changed. ... See more
Investigation of human diet during the Neolithic has often been limited to a few archaeological cultures or single sites. In order to provide insight into the development of human food consumption and husbandry strategies, our study explores bone collagen carbon and nitrogen isotope data from 466 hu... ... See more
New computers in the lab! Getting ready for #summerofdata, #QUANTARCH & #rstats Anthropology Department - Purdue University Purdue University College of Liberal Arts
This article by Philip Verhagen emphasizes the use of GIS data in simulating behavior in a site location context. By using GIS data to model movement, transport, and visibility he believes that more sites can be found. He then presents case studies representing each of the three spatial analyses as well as positing his own ideas on the road ahead for GIS within archaeology. ... See more
GIS has become an indispensable tool for archaeologists to organize, explore and analyse spatial data. In this introductory chapter, an historical overview of the development of GIS use in...
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I'm new here, so I don't know if this has been discussed already, but I was hoping for some feedback with an introductory level undergrad anthropology (not just archaeology) research methods class. Since it's not a full-on quantitative methods class, I do spend the first part discussing general research design, and about 2/3 of the class is then devoted to statistics. The students are very new to much of this, and (for the most part) have had no exposure to p-values, standard deviations, and quite a few are even a little unclear what a hypothesis actually is (many students think it's a question, rather than a statement). SO, my question is, how would you teach a class like this? How advanced would you get? What are the basic methodologies that you would teach, and what would you leave out? ... See more
R.E. TAYLOR STUDENT POSTER AWARD COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT at the SAA 2018, for grads and UGs presenting at SAA. Deadline is Friday March 30, 2018
Announcing the 2018 R.E. Taylor Student Poster Award Competition at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Washington, D.C., sponsored by SAS: This prestigious award acknowledges innovative student contributions to archaeological research through the use of scientiﬁc methods, and has enhanced the careers of prominent young scholars and professionals for more than a decade. The award consists of $100 US, a one-year SAS membership and subscription to the SAS Bulletin. Entries will be judged on the signiﬁcance of the archaeological problem, appropriateness of the methods used, soundness of conclusions, quality of the poster display, and oral presentation of the poster by the student, who should be the ﬁrst author in order to be considered. Students should submit an e-mail application to Destiny Crider (email@example.com) by Friday March 30, 2018. Applications must include the title and abstract of the poster, evidence that you have registered for the SAA meetings (email from the SAA), and proof of your status as an undergraduate or graduate student (usually appears on your SAA registration). In order to give the judges adequate time to posters, students will also be required to submit a PDF version of their poster on or before Friday April 6, 2018. Judges will also be present in person at the SAA meetings to judge posters and to ask students questions about their research. For more information and examples of past award-winning posters: http://socarchsci.org/awards.html ... See more
Bopp-Ito and colleagues use finite mixture-modeling to model differences in cattle size between lowland and upland Swiss Bronze Age sites. They used several statistical techniques to explore this issue using LSI (log-size index) cattle postcranial measurements, including a mixed-effect model (testing between Plateau and Alpine LSI values), finite mixture modeling (to estimate sex ratios), and a meta-analysis to estimate the population variance of the sex ratios (proportion female of an assemblage). Analyses were done using STATA 13.1, with supplementary material providing more metadata about the assemblages and resources. Link to the accepted article: ... See more
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology Volume 0, Issue 0 RESEARCH ARTICLE Size diversity in Swiss Bronze Age cattle Miki Bopp‐Ito Corresponding Author E-mail address:firstname.lastname@example.org http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0065-6320 Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science, University of Basel, ... ... See more
Hi All! I saw on Twitter that Hadley Wickham posted the reading list for a course he's teaching at Stanford called "Readings in Applied Data Science" and thought some of you might be interested. Enjoy! ... See more
stats337 - Readings in applied data science
This article covers the discovery of pre-Columbian earthworks in the Amazon. Using remote sensing 81 unknown sites were recorded in the Upper Tapajos Basin. Analyzing the spatial distribution of the settlements using R, has led to the finding that the smaller settlements were clustered together while the larger ones were regularly spaced between 24.8 and 33.17 km from each other. The uninterrupted distribution suggests a greater impact on the Amazonian environment that previously known. ... See more
Previous studies of Pre-Columbian earthworks in the Amazon basin have left a gap in the Upper Tapajós Basin (UTB). Here, the authors detect 104 Pre-Columbian earthworks in the UTB, suggesting continuous occupation across southern Amazonia and higher population densities than previously estimated. ... See more
They've arrived! Come get one at #QUANTARCH symposium, no. 103 Society for American Archaeology meeting D.C. ExhibitHALLBSouth 5-7PM 4/12/18 see #Rstats. get treat. Jesse Wolfhagen Max Price Ben Marwick #Archaeology #SAA2018 ... See more