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QUANTITATIVE ARCHAEOLOGY

As noted quantitative archaeology embraces the whole discipline, with 'archaeometry' often used for applications of the physical sciences to archaeological material. The latter generates a lot of data, often processed using multivariate statistical methods. A reasonably comprehensive account of the use of statistics in archaeology is attempted in my book *Statistics in Archaeology*, 2003, Arnold.

Useful books on statistics in archaeology, at various levels, are, in chronological order and some now more of historical interest,

Hodson F.R., Kendall, D.G. and Tautu P. (1971) *Mathematics in the Archaeological and Historical Sciences*. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Doran J.E. and Hodson F.R. (1975) *Mathematics and Computing in Archaeology.* Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Hodder I. and Orton C. (1976) *Spatial Analysis in Archaeology.* Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ihm P. (1978) *Statistik in der Archäologie*. Cologne and Bonn: Rheinland Verlag Rudolf Habert.

Orton C. (1980) *Mathematics in Archaeology*, London:Collins.

Aldenderfer M.S. (ed.) (1987) *Quantitative Research in Archaeology*. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Madsen T. (ed.) (1988) *Multivariate Archaeology*. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.

Blankholm H.P. (1991) *Intrasite Spatial Analysis in Theory and Practice.* Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.

Djindjian F. (1991) *Méthodes pour l’Archéologie.* Paris: Armand Colin.

Baxter M.J. (1994) *Exploratory Multivariate Methods in Archaeology*. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Buck C.E., Cavanagh W.G. and Litton C.D. (1996) *Bayesian Approach to Interpreting Archaeological Data*. Chichester: Wiley.

Shennan S. (1997) *Quantifying Archaeology (2nd edition).* Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press,

Orton. C (2000) *Sampling in Archaeology*. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Baxter M.J. (2003) *Statistics in Archaeology*. London: Arnold.

Fletcher M. and Lock G. (2005) *Digging Numbers, 2nd edition). *Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology.

Drennan R. (2010) *Statistics for Archaeologists (2nd edition).* New York: Springer.

A more extensive literature review, to the early 2000s, is provided in Chapter 1 of Baxter (2003).

A list of my publications in this area, with links to some of them, is provided **HERE**. Some notes on the use of the R package for archaeological data analysis are **HERE**.

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