UpdatedMay 13, 2006
This course is designed for archaeology students who wish to master a selection of the most common advanced methods for the analysis of archaeological data. The tentative topic list includes: database fundamentals; how to make CAD drawings from field sketches; cluster analysis, principal components analysis, correspondence analysis; sampling; stratigraphy by the Harris method; calibration and interpretation of radiocarbon dates. Problem sets that apply the course materials to archaeological data will be assigned throughout the semester. There will (probably) be two take-home exams. This courses assumes that you have had an introductory statistics course (descriptive statistics through an introduction to the linear model, or roughly the first 150 pages of the Shennan book referenced below) or equivalent training.
Lab: 9-10:50 MW, 202 Lincoln Hall
|Jan 18||Introduction; ATLAS Lab orientation|
|Jan 23||Archaeological Data Analysis in Perspective|
|Jan 25-30||Database Fundamentals|
|Feb 1-13||AutoCAD: From Sketch Maps to CAD Drawings|
|Feb 15||WinBASP Introduction|
|Feb 20-27||Cluster Analysis|
|Mar 1-8||Principal Components Analysis|
|Mar 13-15||Work on midterm|
|Mar 17||Midterm exam due at 11 am|
|Mar 20 week||Spring Break|
|Mar 27-Apr 3||Correspondence Analysis|
|Apr 5-12||Discriminant Analysis|
|Apr 17||No class|
|Apr 19-26||Archaeological Stratigraphy|
|May 1-3||Calibrating and Interpreting Radiocarbon Dates|
|May 12||Final Exam due at 11 am|
Problem sets, many of which we will work on during class, give you the opportunity to apply the course materials to the analysis of archaeological data. I also want to see the details of your work, but don't hand me a 2 cm thick printout and expect me to explore it to find your answer (the first Kintigh article is helpful on this point). If I cannot reconstruct from your homework papers how you came up the results or answers you turn in, then you will receive a low grade for the assignment. See the assignments section of this class web page for homework deadlines. No late homework will be accepted for grading.
There will be 2 take-home exams, each of which will be worth 20% of your final grade. Each exam poses a series of analytical problems and gives you the data needed to solve the problems. Your grade is based on the correctness, quality, and competence of your solutions.
Shennan, Stephen. (1997) Quantifying Archaeology. 2nd edition. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City.
Harris, Edward. (1989) Principles of Archaeological Stratigraphy. 2nd edition. Academic Press, New York - It's out of print; I have a copy you can xerox.
Middlebrook, Mark (2005) AutoCAD 2006 for Dummies. Hungry Minds, New York.
Bonn Archaeological Statistics Package (WinBasp) - Copies are installed on the machines in the ATLAS teaching lab (202 Lincoln Hall).
ArchEd - Harris matrix program with a better interface than WinBasp.
OxCal - Radiocarbon calibration program from the Research Lab for Archaeology at Oxford University.
Other assigned readings are available in the Anth 478 box in the Anthro Computer Lab (109G Davenport) or by links (indicated by an "*") from the "Readings" folder on the class web page.
Hours: 11.30 - 12.30 MWF
Office: 209f Davenport Hall
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