1. Quantifying Archaeology

  1. Todd L. VanPool and
  2. Robert D. Leonard

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390155.ch1

Quantitative Analysis in Archaeology

Quantitative Analysis in Archaeology

How to Cite

VanPool, T. L. and Leonard, R. D. (2010) Quantifying Archaeology, in Quantitative Analysis in Archaeology, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390155.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 22 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189514

Online ISBN: 9781444390155



  • quantifying archaeology – quantification, not required to back up every proposition that is made about archaeological records;
  • relevant measurements, differences and/or similarities - meaningful in ways, that everyone agrees and understands;
  • quantification and statistics, common language and instructions - meaningful observations of the world;
  • statistical thinking, role in archaeological analysis - archaeologists, relying heavily on samples;
  • sample of material remains - preserving sample of materials, entered in archaeological records;
  • archaeologists, forced to understand - explaining past using imperfect and limited data;
  • theoretical perspectives, observations to make - how explanations are constructed;
  • Statistics do not a science make - statistical analyses conducted in absence of theory, are merely vacuous description;
  • quantification and statistics - simple set of tools, all competent archaeologists must know;
  • degree-granting programs in archaeology - computer instruction in quantitative methods, than on tried and true pencil and paper method