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Artifact Classification


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Table of Contents

1: Introduction; 2: Historical Background; 3: Pottery Typologies; 4: From Intuitive to Objective Classifications; 5: Objective Classification: Goals and Problems; 6: Artifact Measurement; 7: Production and Categorization Sequences; 8: Quantitative Classification: Methodology; 9: Patterning Based on Type Frequency Counts; 10: Style, Function, Neutral Traits, Evolution, and Classification; 11: Conclusions

About the Author

Dwight W. Read is Professor of Anthropology and Statistics at UCLA. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recognized expert in quantitative archaeology. He has written over 100 articles on theory, analytic methods, kinship, computer applications, biological anthropology, and field projects from California to the Kalahari.


"'Eleven carefully crafted, thoughtful chapters span the history, method, and theory of the classification of material culture. Among other topics, Read considers intuitive and objective classifications, paradigms, patterning, numerical taxonomy, modality, and variable redundancy. Read\'s research on stone tools and ceramics and his pedagogical skills help fine tune the narrative and make a difficult, complex subject informative, instructive, and readable. Summing Up: Highly recommended.' CHOICE --This text refers to the Library Binding edition. "This important contribution summarises a lifetime involvement with teaching, developing and debating approaches to artifact classification Dwight Read brings to this task his own varied contributions and highly developed logical and mathematical skills...it is a valuable study of some key issues in and approaches to archaeological practice." - David Frankel, Australian Archaeology"

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