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Left in the Dust

Contextual Information in Model-Focused Archaeology

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Many of the chapters in this volume explore models for identifying and interpreting archaeological intrasite spatial patterns. The purpose of this chapter is not to discuss models, per se. Rather, it is to stress the complementary roles of models and contextual data in the scientific process. In the excitement of building, testing, and applying models, there can be a tendency to focus too quickly and unduely on a narrow range of data specified by some model, to the exclusion of a broader arena of relevant contextual information. I will discuss some general problems with this model-focused approach and some advantages of using contextual data.

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  • Contextual Information
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Contextual Data
  • Reindeer Herd
  • American Archaeology

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Carr, C. (1991). Left in the Dust. In: Kroll, E.M., Price, T.D. (eds) The Interpretation of Archaeological Spatial Patterning. Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-2602-9_8

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