A Predictive Model based on Environmental Variables for Optimal Site Location of Archaeological Sites in Erie County by Howard Hex Kleinmartin

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Archaeology has always been a search for the unknown of past human cultures. As with any search, there are mysteries. Some of these, of course, are harder to solve than others. Often the most puzzling questions come up when dealing with pre-historic populations, from which we have very limited data sets. The area of western New York is such a case.

This thesis test’s the hypothesis that archaeological predictive locational modeling based on environmental factors and known archaeological sites could yield data needed to identify those sites with no diagnostic lithic artifacts, thus giving sites of previously unknown context some cultural context. This question is based on the idea that pre-historic populations sought out optimal site locations dependent on their cultural value or behavioral systems. These systems would have allowed for a member of the culture to internally weigh one location against another, taking many variables into account.

 

Volume 2 Number 1

  1. Prehistoric Space: An Archaeological Perspective
  2. Landscape Contexts of Wedge Tombs in the Northwest of Ireland
  3. A Predictive Model based on Environmental variables for Optimal Site Location of Archaeological Sites in Erie County
  4. Interregional Interaction and the Prehistoric Social Development of the Rivas Region, Pacific Nicarauguaarticle
  5. Archaic Giant’s Grave: Exploring Site Distribution Within a Unique Microenvironment on the Alleghany Plateau, 4000-1500 BC
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