By Georges Perrot, Charles Chipiez, Walter Armstrong
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C) A statistical model for the relationships which allows for the degree of scatter of the actual values and their deviation from the ideal line model (schematized from studies by Lew is Binford). simplified aspects of the archaeological data but they already allow the formu lation of simple hypotheses about probabilities and expectations from analysis or extrapolation and thus provide a frame for testing such predictions. The statistical properties of the dispersion and the relationship between the points and the field space lead almost inevitably to the conversion of such iconic displays into statistical models which more succinctly account for the dis play pattern.
448-9,471, 575; Isaac, 1969, p. 19). In this volume a random walk model has also been used to represent the wanderings of discarded artefacts on the abandonment of a site (p. 806). However, the mention of random walk movements in conjunction with nearest neighbour points reminds us of their geographical implications and its potential significance for modelling the colonization, movement or diffusion of archaeological artefacts and sites. C. Europe, then a random walk model pro vides many interesting possibilities.
We all resemble the Moliere character who was delighted to find that all his life, unknowingly, he had been speaking prose. We should make these operational models explicit and testable. (3) The construction, testing, verification or refutation and modification of explicit models is the essence of the empirical and scientific approaches - pro viding the progressive cycle by means of which fresh information and insight are gained and theory is accumulated. Observations, hypothesis, experiment, conclusions, fresh hypothesis, fresh observations .
A history of art in ancient Egypt by Georges Perrot, Charles Chipiez, Walter Armstrong