I wish to thank Dr. Patrick Cleaver, Dr. Morris Sunshine, Dr. George Armelagos, and Dr. Kingsbury Heiple for their assistance and advice in the preparation of this paper.
Methods for the Detection of Census Error in Palaeodemography1
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
1971 American Anthropological Association
Volume 73, Issue 1, pages 101–109, February 1971
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LOVEJOY, C. O. (1971), Methods for the Detection of Census Error in Palaeodemography. American Anthropologist, 73: 101–109. doi: 10.1525/aa.1971.73.1.02a00080
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
Recent dramatic improvements of archaeological technique have been accompanied by renewed interest in demographic variables deducible from skeletal populations. Although such data will provide meaningful insight into changes in population biology and structure resulting from significant socio-economic shifts, such conclusions must be subjected to more sophisticated methods of treatment and analysis. Techniques are suggested for the detection of intra-population census error and also for examination of the reliability and meaningfulness of extra-population comparisons. Employment of these should minimize census error and serve to establish the reliability of demographic inferences based on comparison of discrete skeletal samples.