Archeologia e Calcolatori Archeologia e Calcolatori
National Research Council Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico
Dipartimento Scienze Umane e Sociali, Patrimonio Culturale

Journal established by: Mauro Cristofani and Riccardo Francovich
Editor: Paola Moscati

Authors Orton, C. -
Title Point pattern analysis revisited
In Archeologia e Calcolatori n. XV - 2004
Contributor Moscati P.
Editor Edizioni All'Insegna del Giglio
Date 2004-01-01
Subject Statistics
Subject Theoretical and methodological problems
Description Point pattern analysis has been one of archaeology’s quantitative approaches since at least the 1970s, and has been applied at a range of scales, from the region to the site. Various techniques have been “borrowed” from other disciplines, notably ecology, such as quadrat analysis, nearest-neighbour analysis and kernel density analysis. There have also been “home-grown” techniques such as Local Density Analysis, Presab and Unconstrained Clustering, as well as the use of Cluster Analysis itself. This paper reviews these developments, assessing their strengths and weaknesses. A statistical advance was made in the 1970s with the development of the K function approach. This has become embodied in the ecological statistical software package ADE-4 as the Ripley and Intertype programs. These programs were found in a search for suitable affordable software for teaching spatial analysis at post-graduate level, and have been used in this role for three years, taking as a test-bed the Danish mesolithic site of Barmose I. The outcome of this work is presented as a case study and compared with earlier analyses of this dataset. The value of ADE-4 for archaeological spatial analysis is assessed.
Description pp. 299-315
Language ENG Format pdf Type text
Rif. Moscati P. (ed.), New Frontiers of Archaeological Research. Languages, Communication, Information Technology, Moscati P. (ed.)

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