The “Lower Town” archaeological site in Mycenae, Argolis, Greece has been excavated since 2007 and multiple periods of occupation and abandonment are represented in the stratigraphy uncovered. Sedimentary deposits were grouped into two general categories during excavation and these categories shaped fieldwork decisions: yellow-orange sediment with denser artifact concentrations representing potential occupation and red sediment with sparser artifacts representing abandonment. The distributions of point locations of artifacts within these bodies of sediment are analyzed statistically for spatial homogeneity using Ripley’s K in a GIS environment to test these site formation assumptions. Statistically significant spatial clustering in artifacts is assumed for autochthonous occupation deposits. These analyses were designed to be used to explicitly test otherwise implicit assumptions during fieldwork in future fieldwork. Results are mixed, with several factors complicating the interpretation of results without the hindsight of post-fieldwork artifactual and geoarchaeological analyses.
|Commitee:||Galaty, Michael L., Hardin, James W.|
|School:||Mississippi State University|
|Department:||Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Archaeology, Geographic information science, Native American studies|
|Keywords:||Aegean bronze age, Gis, Mycenae, Ripley's k, Site formation, Spatial statistics|
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