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An ethnoarchaeological inductive model for predicting archaeological site location: A case-study of pastoral settlement patterns in the Val di Fiemme and Val di Sole (Trentino, Italian Alps)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Francesco CarrerORCiD


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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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Carrer F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Anthropological Archaeology

Year: 2013

Volume: 32

Issue: 1

Pages: 54-62

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


DOI: 10.1016/j.jaa.2012.10.001


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