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Consistency in Archaeological Measurement and Classification: A Pilot Study
Paul R. Fish
Vol. 43, No. 1 (Jan., 1978), pp. 86-89
Published by: Society for American Archaeology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/279635
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Little attention has been paid by archaeologists to the important problem of replicability of observational units. The studies presented in this paper involve examinations of discrepancy occurring at various levels in lithic and ceramic classification. Standardized typologies, as well as qualitative and quantitative attributes are considered. The results are discussed in terms of observer bias, influence of training, measurement error, and the implications for the statistical treatment of data.
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