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2 days ago
Ten simple rules for biologists learning to program

Increasingly, quantitative analyses in archaeology are being done with programming languages (rather than point and click software). This new paper gives some excellent practical tips relevant to ... See more

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

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2 days ago
Radiocarbon dating uncertainty and the reliability of the PEWMA method of time-series analysis for research on long-term human-environment interaction

They propose a method called the Poisson Exponentially Weighted Moving Average (PEMWA) for identifying relationships between radiocarbon-dated time-series. They claim this will improve the degree of ... See more

Statistical time-series analysis has the potential to improve our understanding of human-environment interaction in deep time. However, radiocarbon dating—the most common chronometric technique in ... See more

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3 days ago
The potential of structural analysis in archaeological simulation and interpretation: a case study of medieval Winchester Cathedral precinct - ePrints Soton

This publication by James Miles, his doctoral thesis in fact, outlines the benefits of virtual structural analytics specifically in the case of the ruins of medieval Winchester but illustrates the ... See more

Miles, James, Edward (2017) The potential of structural analysis in archaeological simulation and interpretation: a case study of medieval Winchester Cathedral precinct University of Southampton ... See more

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5 days ago
Basalt geochemistry reveals high frequency of prehistoric tool exchange in low hierarchy Marquesas Islands (Polynesia)

This paper uses geochemical sourcing of stone tools in the Marquesas Islands to relate patterns of non-local stone frequencies to patterns of trade and social dynamics in late prehistoric Marquesas:

Exchange activities, formal or otherwise, serve a variety of purposes and were prominent in many Pacific Island societies, both during island settlement and in late prehistory. Recent Polynesian ... See more

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6 days ago
Intermittent irrigation in the Waimea Field System, Hawai'i Island: A computational fluid dynamics model - ScienceDirect

This article details a computational fluid dynamics model used to map the irrigation system of the Waimea Fields in Hawaii. This computational model shows how this irrigation system would have worked ... See more

Journal of Archaeological Science: ReportsVolume 17, February 2018, Pages 335-345Intermittent irrigation in the Waimea Field System, Hawai'i Island: A computational fluid dynamics modelAuthor links ... See more

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1 week ago
Spatial simulation and modelling of the early Pleistocene site of DS (Bed I, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania): a powerful tool for predicting potential archaeological information from unexcavated areas

In this piece Dominguez-Rodrigo et al. use special trends in order to best predict areas of excavation, at the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. Utilizing these methods allows for efficient excavation ... See more

Spatial statistical models are powerful tools for creating simulation and prediction models. Here, we apply such models to the newly discovered 1.84 Ma site of DS (Bed I, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania). ... See more

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1 week ago
Random accumulation and breaking: The formation of Bronze Age scrap hoards in England and Wales

Rob Wiseman models the size/weight distributions of artifacts found in Bronze Age hoards in England and Wales, showing that distributions can typically be predicted from a series of mathematical ... See more

Consequently, most hoards of broken bronze are not votive offerings, status displays, or the product of selective deposition.

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1 week ago
Digital Geoarchaeology: Bridging the Gap Between Archaeology, Geosciences and Computer Sciences

This is the first chapter of a book that introduces the concept of Digital Geoarchaeology. Digital Geoarchaeology is described as the interdisciplinary field involving techniques from archaeology, ... See more

Modern archaeology increasingly crosses academic boundaries by combining different new methodologies in order to answer research questions about ancient cultures and their remains. Above all, the geos

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2 weeks ago
Calling all archaeologists: guidelines for terminology, methodology, data handling, and reporting when undertaking and reviewing stable isotope applications in archaeology

Happy New Year, QUANTARCH! Precise language and full, consistent reporting of data are necessary to clearly communicate results and make projects reproducible. Patrick Roberts and colleagues put ... See more

Stable isotope analysis has been utilized in archaeology since the 1970s, yet standardized protocols for terminology, sampling, pretreatment evaluation, calibration, quality assurance and control, ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Harvard undergrad cracks code of knotted Inca rope used as 'an ancient Excel spreadsheet'

"Harvard undergrad cracks code of knotted Inca rope [khipus] used as 'an ancient Excel spreadsheet'". Manny Medrano accomplished this at 19-years old, in his dorm room, during the spring break of his ... See more

Harvard student Manny Medrano spent his spring break deciphering the meaning of an ancient Inca khipu. His breakthrough discovery will be published next month.

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