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  Testing the integrity of the Middle and Later Stone Age cultural taxonomic division in Eastern Africa

Grove, M., & Blinkhorn, J. (2021). Testing the integrity of the Middle and Later Stone Age cultural taxonomic division in Eastern Africa. Journal of paleolithic archaeology, 4(2): 14. doi:10.1007/s41982-021-00087-4.

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Grove, Matt, Author
Blinkhorn, James1, Author              
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1Lise Meitner Pan-African Evolution Research Group, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_3033582              

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Free keywords: Middle Stone Age, Later Stone Age, Cultural taxonomy, Lithic technology, Logistic regression, Permutation analysis
 Abstract: The long-standing debate concerning the integrity of the cultural taxonomies employed by archaeologists has recently been revived by renewed theoretical attention and the application of new methodological tools. The analyses presented here test the integrity of the cultural taxonomic division between Middle and Later Stone Age assemblages in eastern Africa using an extensive dataset of archaeological assemblages. Application of a penalized logistic regression procedure embedded within a permutation test allows for evaluation of the existing Middle and Later Stone Age division against numerous alternative divisions of the data. Results suggest that the existing division is valid based on any routinely employed statistical criterion, but that is not the single best division of the data. These results invite questions about what archaeologists seek to achieve via cultural taxonomy and about the analytical methods that should be employed when attempting revise existing nomenclature.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-05-10
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 24
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 Table of Contents: Introduction
Methods
- Data
Analyses
- Weighted Binary log-F Regression
- Permutation Analysis
Results
- Initial Analysis
- Permutation Analysis
Discussion
Conclusions
 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1007/s41982-021-00087-4
Other: shh2934
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Title: Journal of paleolithic archaeology
  Abbreviation : J Paleo Arch
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Publ. Info: Cham : Springer International Publishing
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 4 (2) Sequence Number: 14 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 2520-8217
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2520-8217