Using Euclidean distance in the comparative analysis of taxonomic abundance

Joseph E. Beaver, Rebecca M. Dean

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    Abstract

    This paper describes and demonstrates the usefulness of calculating Euclidean distance to determine both baseline hunting behavior on the site or regional level, and as a way of determining and presenting variation from that baseline. The method is elegant, flexible, and produces easily understood data visualizations, particularly in contexts where faunal data are reasonably divided into three analytical categories. We give an example from the desert borderlands of the U.S. Southwest/Mexican Northwest to illustrate the utility of the method.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)331-340
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
    Volume25
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2019

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    The authors thank R. Lee Lyman and Steven Wolverton for their helpful reviews of the original submission, which have greatly improved the quality of the manuscript. Partial funding for this research came from the University of Minnesota Imagine grant and the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona residential scholar program. Additionally, the lead author would like to thank the UMM junior faculty writing group, particularly Emily Bruce, Tim Lindberg, and Nina Ortiz, for their encouragement and camaraderie.

    Funding Information:
    The authors thank R. Lee Lyman and Steven Wolverton for their helpful reviews of the original submission, which have greatly improved the quality of the manuscript. Partial funding for this research came from the University of Minnesota Imagine grant and the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona residential scholar program. Additionally, the lead author would like to thank the UMM junior faculty writing group, particularly Emily Bruce, Tim Lindberg, and Nina Ortiz, for their encouragement and camaraderie.

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    © 2019

    Keywords

    • Quantitative methods
    • Taxonomic abundance
    • US Southwest
    • Zooarchaeology

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