About the blog

The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences using various mathematical tools to address archeological problems that interest me. Mathematical models, when done well, make assumptions explicit and clarify how processes operate. Statistical analyses bring welcome rigor to the interpretation of variability. Intuition and verbal arguments can be insufficient for understanding the interaction among variables. For these reasons, I have used various models and statistical techniques in my research.

The blog will mainly present case studies drawn from that research, both completed and in-progress. These case studies will be presented in pieces, since no analysis worth doing can be fully explained and justified in a couple hundred words. Details of the associated culture history from which the case studies derive will not be presented. I would like to focus on the decisions that I made during the analysis without getting too mired in details of environmental setting, chronological periods, site context, and the like. To be honest, culture history — at least as written by many archaeologists today — has never been that interesting to me. I’d much rather talk about the process of determining what happened and why it happened. My approach is analogous to those Law and Order procedurals on TV: no backstory, just the relevant details of the scene and the reconstruction of the events that led to it.

Feel free to suggest topics, issues, or examples of thought-provoking research. I also welcome other perspectives and feedback on the issues presented here, particularly the constructive kind. Remember, I am not an expert mathematician, so don’t be too hard on me. Thx.

I can be reached at archaeomath[at]gmail.com.

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