An Attribute Approach to Differentiating Artifacts from Geofacts
Author(s): Melissa Miller
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.
SAA 2015 abstracts made available in tDAR courtesy of the Society for American Archaeology and Center for Digital Antiquity Collaborative Program to improve digital data in archaeology. If you are the author of this presentation you may upload your paper, poster, presentation, or associated data (up to 3 files/30MB) for free. Please visit http://www.tdar.org/SAA2015 for instructions and more information.
Cite this Record
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)
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections