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Quantitative Paleozoology


Part of Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology

  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521715362

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  • Quantitative Paleozoology describes and illustrates how the remains of long-dead animals recovered from archaeological and paleontological excavations can be studied and analyzed. The methods range from determining how many animals of each species are represented to determining whether one collection consists of more broken and more burned bones than another. All methods are described and illustrated with data from real collections, while numerous graphs illustrate various quantitative properties.

    • Introduces basic mathematical concepts that underpin quantitative analysis
    • Includes many graphs of quantitative data which illustrate analytical techniques
    • Includes data sets to facilitate replicative analyses to enhance learning analytical techniques
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    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521715362
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 75 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Tallying and counting: fundamentals
    2. Estimating taxonomic abundances: NISP and MNI
    3. Estimating taxonomic abundances: other methods
    4. Sampling, recovery, and sample size
    5. Measuring the taxonomic structure and composition ('diversity') of faunas
    6. Skeletal completeness, frequencies of skeletal parts, and fragmentation
    7. Tallying for taphonomy: weathering, burning, corrosion, butchering
    8. Final thoughts.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Philosophy of the Human Person
    • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Author

    R. Lee Lyman, University of Missouri, Columbia
    R. Lee Lyman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. A scholar of late Quaternary paleomammology and human prehistory of the Pacific Northwest United States, he is the author of Vertebrate Taphonomy and most recently coedited Zooarchaeology and Conservation Biology.

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