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Tools for Constructing Chronologies

Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries

Series: Lecture Notes in Statistics, Vol. 177

Buck, Caitlin E., Millard, Andrew (Eds.)

2004, XIX, 260p. 54 illus..

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In summary, Bayesian methods are already seen by many as an essential tool to aid in formal chronology building in archaeology. At present, most researchers use packages like OxGal and BGal to make use of such tools and typically see them as radiocarbon calibration tools (indeed both are described as such on their own WWW welcome pages). On reflection, however, I think that it is clear that these packages offer more than just calibration, they are modest Bayesian chronological data interpretation environments. Given this observation, and the fact that the current tools are built on a sound foundation offlexible and scalable theory,I think that we are in a good position to move towards fully integrated tools for Bayesian chronology building. All of the current and planned research projects outlined above will contribute to the extension of the framework in one way or another. Since such work is motivated by a desire to provide practical solutions to real, current and pressing issues associated with chronology building, I feel sure that we can look forward to many more years of fast moving, productive and practical research in Bayesian chronology building. References Ammerman, A. J. and Cavalli-Sforza, 1. L. (1971). Measurement of the rate of spread of early farming in Europe. Man , 6, 674-688. Ammerman, A. J. and Cavalli-Sforza, 1. L. (1984). The Neolithic transition and the genetics of populations in Europe. Princeton University Press, Princeton. Anderson, A. , Allingham, B. and Smith, I. (1996a).

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Statistica - applied statistics - archaeology - bioinformatics - environment - geology - statistics

Related subjects » Geology - Physical & Information Science - Systems Biology and Bioinformatics

Table of contents 

1 Bayesian Chronological Data Interpretation: Where Now?.- 2 Pragmatic Bayesians: a Decade of Integrating Radiocarbon Dates into Chronological Models.- 3 Bayesian Inference of Calibration Curves: Application to Archaeomagnetism.- 4 The Synchronization of Civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Second Millennium BC: Natural Science Dating Attempts.- 5 Applications of Formal Model Choice to Archaeological Chronology Building.- 6 Complicated Relations and Blind Dating: Formal Analysis of Relative Chronological Structures.- 7 Genealogies from Time-Stamped Sequence Data.- 8 Tephrochronology and its Application to Late Quaternary Environmental Reconstruction, with Special Reference to the North Atlantic Islands.- 9 Constructing Chronologies of Sea-Level Change from Salt-Marsh Sediments.- 10 A Framework for Analysing Fossil Record Data.- 11 Taking Bayes Beyond Radiocarbon: Bayesian Approaches to Some Other Chronometric Methods.

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