Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

Potter criticizes our experimental study of the roles played by indirect bias and guided variation in shaping prehistoric Great Basin projectile point variation. His criticisms are technically correct from the standpoint of statistical convention, but he fails to understand the theoretical rationale of our study. Without such an understanding, hi s assertion that our conclusions are questionable is incorrect. Here we point out again (1) how our experimental work bridges the gap between cultural-transmission theory and the empirical record and (2) why our conclusions are indeed valid.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.7183/0002-7316.77.2.372

Publication Title

American Antiquity

Volume

77

Issue

2

Comments

© 2012 Cambridge University Press. Original published version available at https://doi.org/10.7183/0002-7316.77.2.372.

Mesoudi A., O'Brien M.J.. 2012. Statistical analyses cannot be divorced from archaeological theory: A reply to potter. Cambridge University Press.

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