Quantitative Zooarchaeology

Quantitative Zooarchaeology

Topics in the Analysis of Archaelogical Faunas

1st Edition - November 14, 1984

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  • Author: Donald Grayson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483299440

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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.

Table of Contents

  • 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

    Taxonomic Richness

    Rarefaction and the Comparison of Species-Abundance Distributions

    Diversity Indices and Sample Size

    Chapter 6: Collection Techniques, Meat Weights, and Seasonality

    Collection Techniques

    Meat Weights


    Chapter 7: Conclusions



Product details

  • No. of pages: 202
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1984
  • Published: November 14, 1984
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483299440

About the Author

Donald Grayson

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Burke Memorial Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.

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