ANT 383M • Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Archaeological data lend themselves to quantitative analyses. Virtually all modern archaeological research uses some form of computer based methodology, including the collection, storage, manipulation, and analysis of data, and the communication of results. This course is intended to be an introduction to the broad spectrum of quantitative methods available to archaeologists. It is not a course in statistics, and is not designed to give students a high degree of competency in abstruse multivariate analyses. Rather, the course is intended to be a sampler of commonly used methods. The underlying philosophy of the course is that quantitative methods, especially those done using a computer, allow archaeologists to look at their data in new ways, and gain greater insights than they could without them. Being able to see data in new ways involves learning and internalizing an exploratory approach to analysis, and learning to be comfortable using a computer to search for structure within quantified information. Gaining such proficiency requires experience and practice.
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