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In this paper I propose a novel integration of inductive predictive modelling and ethnoarchaeology. Thecase study concerns seasonal upland pastoral settlement patterns in the eastern Italian Alps. A sample ofmodern pastoral sites has been selected, and their relationships with environmental variables have beenanalyzed in order to create a model to predict the location of archaeological upland pastoral sites. Themodel has been tested with modern and archaeological control samples. It has proved to be useful forpredicting the location of specific site categories. Ethnoarchaeological fieldwork has been carried outin the same alpine sample area, which has enhanced the interpretative potential of the proposed model,suggesting that the spatial of the analyzed sites could well be related to their dairying function. The creationof ethnoarchaeological locational models with a predictive potential may be very important notonly in helping to tackle some theoretical and methodological problems in predictive modelling, but alsoin enhancing the importance of ethnoarchaeology in landscape archaeology projects.
Author(s): Carrer F
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Anthropological Archaeology
Print publication date: 01/03/2013
Online publication date: 15/11/2012
Acceptance date: 18/10/2012
Date deposited: 13/11/2015
ISSN (print): 0278-4165
ISSN (electronic): 1090-2686
Publisher: Academic Press
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