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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Issuance: single unit

Date Created: Spring 2014

Date Issued: 2014

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: Online Resource

Extent: 125 p.

Language(s): English

Summary: Survey is time-consuming and expensive. Therefore, it needs to be both effective and efficient. Some archaeologists have argued that current survey techniques are not effective (Shott 1985, 1989), but most archaeologists continue to employ these methods and therefore must believe they are effective. If our survey techniques are effective, why do simulations suggest otherwise? If they are ineffective, can we improve them? The answers to these practical questions depend on the topological characteristics of archaeological site distributions. In this study I analyze archaeological site distributions in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, using lacunarity and fractal dimension. Fractal dimension is a parameter of fractal patterns, which are complex, space-filling designs exhibiting self-similarity and power-law scaling. Lacunarity is a statistical measure that describes the texture of a spatial dispersion. It is useful in understanding how archaeological tests should be spaced during surveys. Between these two measures, I accurately describe the regional topology and suggest new considerations for archaeological survey design.

Identifier: FA00004109 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2014.

Subject(s): Excavations (Archaeology) -- MethodologyFractalsSocial sciences -- Mathematical modelsStochastic processes

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA00004109

Restrictions on Access: All rights reserved by the source institution

Owner Institution: FAU



Autor: Flanagan, Kelin, author Brown, Clifford T. Dr., Thesis advisor Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Degree grantor

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A13446



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