An Attribute Approach to Differentiating Artifacts from Geofacts

Author(s): Melissa Miller

Year: 2015


The need for a method to determine if a lithic flake is a product of human manufacture or a product of natural forces is an essential one in archaeology. This project directly compared known geofacts with known artifacts sampled from Oklahoma and Jordan at the attribute level. The comparisons were evaluated statistically in order to determine which attribute characteristics are statistically significantly different between the sampled geofact and artifact assemblages, with the objective of empirically and statistically determining which, if any, flake attributes are diagnostic of human manufacture, using a large sample size and a multitude of attributes.

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An Attribute Approach to Differentiating Artifacts from Geofacts. Melissa Miller. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397336)

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