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Title: ‘Erfahrungsbericht’ of application of different quantitative methods at Kalapodi
Authors: Strack, Sara
First Published: 2011
Presented at: International Round Table organized by the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece (Athens, November 28-30, 2008)
Publisher: Archaeopress
Citation: Strack, S. ‘‘Erfahrungsbericht’ of application of different quantitative methods at Kalapodi’ in Verdan, S. et al. (eds.) Early Iron Age Pottery: A Quantitative Approach, (Copyright © 2011, Archaeopress), pp. 45-60
Abstract: Late Bronze and Early Iron Age levels in a sample trench at the Central Greek cult site at Kalapodi are used to apply a range of quantitative methods, in order to assess their comparability, as well as applicability and ease of use for an assemblage characterized by a high degree of fragmentation and corresponding low completeness. Sherd count, weight, rim and base portion EVEs, MNIs, and aggregate feature count are assessed for their uses and pitfalls. While none of these methods are found to be entirely unproblematic, and while all have their advocates and opponents in the relevant bibliography, it is argued that particularly for the analysis of pottery as evidence for human behaviour, but also for the comparison of assemblages across sites and/or periods, methods establishing vessel numbers (EVE, MNI, AFC) are preferable over those establishing the amount of pottery (sherd count, weight). A comparison of data sets resulting from different quantitative methods illustrates that the latter are roughly equivalent, suggesting that the quantitative approach best suited for each assemblage can be chosen while retaining inter-site and inter-period comparability. Finally, an examination of sample size effect on representation of artefact classes shows the need for sample sizes larger than anticipated in order to obtain statistically significant data.
Series/Report no.: BAR;S2254
ISBN: 9781407308210
Version: Publisher PDF
Type: Conference Paper
Rights: Copyright © Archaeopress, 2011
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers & Presentations, School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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