Inferential mistakes in population proxies: A response to Torfing's "Neolithic population and summed probability distribution of.sup.14C-dates"

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Date: Nov. 2015
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Article
Length: 149 words

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To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.08.018 Byline: Adrian Timpson, Katie Manning, Stephen Shennan Abstract: In his paper "Neolithic population and summed probability distribution of.sup.14C-dates" Torfing opposes the widely held principle originally proposed by Rick (1987) that variation through time in the amount of archaeological material discovered in a region will reflect variation in the size of that local human population. His argument illustrates a persistent divide in archaeology between analytical and descriptive approaches when using proxies for past population size. We critically evaluate the numerous inferential mistakes he makes, showing that his conclusion is unjustified. Author Affiliation: (a) Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London, Darwin Building, Gower Street, London WC1H 0PY, UK (b) Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, UK Article History: Received 26 June 2015; Revised 21 August 2015; Accepted 23 August 2015

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