Mixture model of pottery decorations from Lake Chad Basin archaeological sites reveals ancient segregation patterns

@article{OBrien2016MixtureMO,
  title={Mixture model of pottery decorations from Lake Chad Basin archaeological sites reveals ancient segregation patterns},
  author={John D. O'Brien and K. H. E. Lin and Scott MacEachern},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2016},
  volume={283}
}
We present a new statistical approach to analysing an extremely common archaeological data type—potsherds—that infers the structure of cultural relationships across a set of excavation units (EUs). This method, applied to data from a set of complex, culturally heterogeneous sites around the Mandara mountains in the Lake Chad Basin, helps elucidate cultural succession through the Neolithic and Iron Age. We show how the approach can be integrated with radiocarbon dates to provide detailed… 

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