Quantitative Zooarchaeology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122972805, 9781483299440

Quantitative Zooarchaeology

1st Edition

Topics in the Analysis of Archaelogical Faunas

Authors: Donald Grayson
eBook ISBN: 9781483299440
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th November 1984
Page Count: 202
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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




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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Donald Grayson Author

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