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A Conceptual Framework for the Study of Artifact Loss

Jacqueline R. Fehon and Sandra C. Scholtz
American Antiquity
Vol. 43, No. 2, Contributions to Archaeological Method and Theory (Apr., 1978), pp. 271-273
DOI: 10.2307/279250
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/279250
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Abstract

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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