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A Conceptual Framework for the Study of Artifact Loss
Jacqueline R. Fehon and Sandra C. Scholtz
Vol. 43, No. 2, Contributions to Archaeological Method and Theory (Apr., 1978), pp. 271-273
Published by: Society for American Archaeology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/279250
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Accurate interpretation of archaeological remains requires the explication of cultural formation processes, the activities responsible for forming the archaeological record. Loss is one of several processes by which materials may be transformed from systemic context to archeological context. Conditional probability theory provides a basis for conceptualizing how loss operates as an S-A process. Laws of loss, expressed as c-transforms, can be formulated to relate the systemic context event, loss, to variability in the archaeological record.
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