British Mesolithic assemblages

Description

Counts of 5 different stone artifact types from 33 Mesolithic sites in Britain.

Usage

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data("Mesolithic")

Format

A data frame with 33 observations on the following 5 variables.

Microliths

Number of microliths

Scrapers

Number of scrapers

Burins

Number of burins

Axes

Number of axes

Saws

Number of saws

Details

Data on 33 Mesolithic assemblages are a subset Pitts (1979) extracted from a set published by Mellars (1976). The data were scanned from Table A3 (Appendix A) in Baxter (1994).

Source

Baxter, M. J. 1994. Exploratory Multivariate Analysis in Archaeology. Edinburgh University Press. Edinburgh.

Mellars, P. 1976. Settlement Patterns and Industrial Variability in the British Mesolithic. In Problems in Economic and Social Archaeology, edited by Sieveking, G de G., I. H. Longworth, and K. E. Wilson, pp 375-99. Duckworth, London.

Pitts, M. W. 1979. Hides and Antlers: A New Look at the Gatherer-Hunter Site at Star Carr, North Yorkshire, England. World Archaeology 11: 32-44.

Examples

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data(Mesolithic)
Mesolithic.pct <- prop.table(as.matrix(Mesolithic), 1)*100
apply(Mesolithic.pct, 2, quantile)
cor(Mesolithic.pct)

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