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Sizing up prehistory: sample size and composition of artefact assemblages

Hiscock, Peter


A review of selected Holocene artefact assemblages in Australia demonstrates that assemblage composition is often dependent on the size of the sample. Rare types of objects, such as backed artifacts, are less likely to be present in small samples than in large ones. Although major questions in Australian archaeology focus on the presence or absence of such rare classes of object, the archaeological patterns have often been interpreted without regard to this sample-size effect. Consequently,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Aboriginal Studies


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