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List of Figures
List of Tables
Chapter 1: Introduction
Background to Two Faunal Samples
Chapter 2: The Basic Counting Units
The Number of Identified Specimens
The Minimum Number of Individuals
The Relationship of NISP to MNI
The Relationship of MNI/NISP to NISP
Some Other Approaches to Counting
Minimum Numbers and Specimen Counts: Some Conclusions
Chapter 3: Levels of Measurement
MNI and NISP as Ratio Scale Measures
MNI and NISP as Ordinal Scale Measures
Chapter 4: Sample Size and Relative Abundance
Correlations Between Sample Size and Relative Abundance: Some Examples
Exploring the Causes
Chapter 5: Taxonomic Richness, Diversity, and Assemblage Size
Rarefaction and the Comparison of Species-Abundance Distributions
Diversity Indices and Sample Size
Chapter 6: Collection Techniques, Meat Weights, and Seasonality
Chapter 7: Conclusions
Quantitative Zooarchaeology: Topics in the Analysis of Archaeological Faunas presents the problems in the quantification of bones and teeth from archaeological and palaeontological sites. This book discusses the various kinds of statistical manipulations that are done with the measurements.
Organized into seven chapters, this book begins with an overview of the quantification of vertebrate faunas from archaeological and, to some extent, palaeontological sites. This text then explains the interrelationship between various abundance measures and the size of the samples on which those measures are based. Other chapters consider the fundamental kinds of questions that every faunal analyst asks of a set of bones and teeth from an archaeological site. This book discusses as well the ratio scale measure of taxonomic abundance. The final chapter discusses the three issues that deal with different aspects of archaeological faunal analysis, namely, collection techniques, meat weights, and the analysis of the seasons of the year during which an archaeological deposit accumulated.
This book is a valuable resource for archaeological faunal analysts, archaeologists, and paleontologists.
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- © Academic Press 1984
- 14th November 1984
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