Reproducible research in archaeology: Basic principles and common tools

Author(s): Ben Marwick

Year: 2015


Scientific progress depends on the evaluation of findings through replication. While exact replication of results is often infeasible because of limitations of time and resources, a minimal standard of reproducibility is emerging as a norm of practice in contemporary computational and biological sciences. This standard refers to authors making available the data and code used to generate the key figures and tables of their publications. In this paper I review some approaches to reproducible research that have been emerging in other sciences. I describe how to use common open source software tools and services to improve the reproducibility of archaeological research. I also discuss barriers to their adoption, and suggest how we might foster reproducibility in archaeology

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Reproducible research in archaeology: Basic principles and common tools. Ben Marwick. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397308)