Graphical analysis of regional archaeological data  

The use of site typology to explore the Dutch Neolithization process

M. Wansleeben and L.B.M. Verhart

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Graphical analysis of regional archaeological data

1 Regional archaeological research
1.1 Archaeological information from excavations
1.2 Regional archaeological research in the Netherlands
1.3 Field survey methods
1.4 The South-east of the Netherlands: lots of poor-quality data

2 Meuse Valley Project
2.1 Research history
2.2 Goals of the Meuse Valley Project
2.3 Human activities and settlement pattern
2.4 Archaeological correlates
2.5 Research on different spatial levels
2.6 The core region Venray
2.7 Distorting factors in the Venray region
2.8 Pattern differences in macro and core region

3 Site (de)formation
3.1 Filters on the site information
3.2 Assumptions about site assemblages
3.3 The use of guide artefacts for dating surface scatters
3.4 Datable sites in the core region Venray
3.5 Sites with inaccurate location
3.6 The importance of culturally clean sites

4 Site statistics
4.1 Number of artefacts per site
4.2 Seriation
4.3 Multivariate statistics
4.4 Exploratory Data Analysis
4.5 Percentage of artefacts per site
4.6 Data robustness
4.7 Ordinal or nominal level of information
4.8 Accidental, few, present, abundant

5 A graphical site-typological analysis of the Michelsberg sites
5.1 Résumé of the archaeological goal
5.2 Pie charts
5.3 Segment diagrams
5.4 Segment diagrams and maps
5.5 Multivariate statistical methods
5.6 Similarity and dissimilarity
5.7 Displaying similarity matrices
5.8 Multi Dimensional Scaling
5.9 Methodical and archaeological conclusions about the Michelsberg sites

6 Site typology in the core region Venray
6.1 Distribution patterns
6.2 Late Mesolithic sites
6.3 Late Mesolithic: segment diagrams
6.4 Late Mesolithic: Multi Dimensional Scaling
6.5 Late Mesolithic: conclusions
6.6 Michelsberg phase: conclusions
6.7 The sites from the Beaker period
6.8 Beaker period: segment diagrams
6.9 Beaker period: Multi Dimensional Scaling
6.10 Beaker period: conclusions

7 Conclusions and Neolithization model
7.1 Methodological conclusions
7.2 Neolithization process
7.3 The Neolithization model for the South-east of the Netherlands

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