On the 15th October we, in association with the Southampton University Department of Archaeology, will be hosting a monthly one-hour statistical support workshop, for archaeologists wishing to find out more about the applicability of various statistical methodologies.
We will discuss not just the ins-and-outs of statistical techniques (parametric, non-parametric, ordination etc.), but also: 1) the construction of robust methodologies in scientific enquiry, 2) the necessity of examining aspects including normality, significance, and inter-/intra-observer error, and 3) techniques for specific methodologies (including spatial/GIS and geometric morphometrics).
If you are in, or around Southampton, and fancy some >>wine<< with your statistics then we invite you to join us in the John Wymer Lab (Rm1205/65a) on Avenue Campus this forthcoming Thursday.
On the 14-16th December 2015, yours truly at ArchaeoMorph will be chairing a session at the annual Theoretical Archaeology Group, in Bradford, UK. Titled “Extracting Meaning from Metrics…” this session looks beyond just the methodology, but the critical thinking and reasoning behind the analysis of our data. What does it mean when we can identify distinct groups in the data? To what extent can statistical significance mean archaeological significance? And does variability in shape mean something important archaeologically?
The theoretical frameworks which underpin our understanding of our analyses are just as crucial as the methodologies which we choose, and is often misrepresented in literature and at conferences. It is this we wish to discuss at TAG2015.
Welcome to ArchaeoMorph! A website designed for people to learn and find out more about the application of morphometric methodologies within archaeology. For more information on what this site is about please see the “Mission Statement” tab. We will be uploading many posts in the next few days.
If you are interested in writing a guest post on anything to do with archaeological morphometrics feel free to contact us (see “About the Authors”).
In order to provide appropriate training opportunities throughout the UK and abroad, we have created a poll to gauge an idea of what people wish to learn more about. Your feedback will provide the basis for future opportunities, between institutions, in exploring the use and applicability of morphometric methods.