Mathematical Methods

It is the nature of archaeological material and of age measurements that all methods are necessarily approximate and the errors assigned are never statistically precise. This package is not intended to be mathematically rigorous but rather to provide distributions and numbers which are useful in archaeological investigation. Mathematicians and statisticians might realise that this has been written by a physicist and some of the methods used (such as agreement indices) are demonstrated to be useful indicators but no formal proof of their validity is given. In apologising for this in advance I would however say that I feel that this is probably the most valuable approach to this type of problem where undue rigour would probably lead to paralysis.


MCMC Sampling