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A Permutation Technique for the Spatial Analysis of the Distribution of Artifacts into Classes

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Kenneth J. Berry
Department of Sociology,Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523
Kenneth L. Kvamme
Department of Anthropology,Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523
Paul W. Mielke Jr.
Department of Statistics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523


A permutation test for assessing intrasite patterning of artifact distributions in archaeological space is presented. This test requires none of the usual assumptions about the data; permits either exact locational or counts/grid data in one-, two-, or three-dimensional space; and provides an exact method for testing any hypothesis concerning the nonrandom allocation of artifacts into classes within a site.

Copyright © Society for American Archaeology 1980

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