Sampling in Archaeology / Edition 1 available in Paperback
The first overview of sampling for archaeologists for over twenty years, this manual offers a comprehensive account of the application of statistical sampling theory that is essential to modern archaeological practice, at a range of scales, from the regional to the microscopic. It includes a discussion of the relevance of sampling theory to archaeological interpretation, and considers its fundamental place in fieldwork and post excavation study. It demonstrates the vast range of techniques that are available, only some of which are widely used by archaeologists. A section on statistical theory also reviews the latest developments in the field, and the presentation is clear and user friendly. The formal mathematics is available in an appendix, which is cross-referenced with the main text.
Table of Contents1. 'All the world's a sample'; 2. 'A little of what you fancy?'; 3. 'If this is the sample, what was the population?'; 4. 'Covering the ground'; 5. 'What's in a site?'; 6. 'The answer lies in the soil'; 7. 'But many sanguine people hope, to see them through a microscope'; 8. 'In its depth, what treasures?'; 9. 'Beyond random sampling'; Appendix.