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Use of the Cumulative Graph in Temporal Ordering

  • Arthur J. Jelinek (a1)


A cumulative graph which shows percentages of artifact types in assemblages is a useful tool for seriating large numbers of site samples when the chronological order of the appearance of types is known. This type of seriation has a distinct advantage over the bar-graph and Brainerd-Robinson techniques in speed and in the elimination of subjective judgment in ordering the assemblages.



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Brainekd, George 1951 The Place of Chronological Ordering in Archaeological Analysis. American Antiquity. Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 301–12. Salt Lake City.
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Jelinek, Arthur J. 1960 An Archaeological Survey of the Middle Pecos River Valley and the Adjacent Llano Estacado. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Michigan. University Microfilms, Ann Arbor.


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