Notes on some statistical aspects of pottery quantification

Baxter, M.J. and Cool, H.E.M., 1995. Notes on some statistical aspects of pottery quantification. Medieval Ceramics, 19, pp. 89-98.

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The quantification of finds assemblages from excavations, as an aid to the comparative study of assemblages and sites, is a developing and increasingly important aspect of post-excavation analysis. In the area of pottery studies a major influence has been the work of Clive Orton and Paul Tyers, culminating in the recent release of the 'pie-slice' package for computer analysis. Much of the published literature is either highly technical, or of an expository nature which needs a great deal of the technical material and underlying assumptions to be taken on trust. The present paper is intended to be intermediate between these two levels. We address some of the more complex or less obvious issues involved in application of the pie-slice 'philosophy'. A worked example is given to highlight aspects of some of the assumptions and calculations involved. Some attention is given to what can be done outside the pie-slice package. One concern is the analysis of assemblages that have been quantified using estimated vessel equivalents (eves), but not in a manner that allows conversion to pottery information equivalents (pies) in the pie-slice package.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Medieval Ceramics
Creators: Baxter, M.J. and Cool, H.E.M.
Publisher: Medieval Pottery Research Group
Date: 1995
Volume: 19
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:56
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 14:25

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