2 Sampling Strategies

When we aim to study the ceramic record of one or more archaeological sites, normally large populations of pottery fragments have to be faced. First of all, before starting the archaeometric study of ceramic pastes and fabrics, it is advisable to select the samples to be analysed. This selection must be done keeping in mind archaeological or statistical considerations (see Orton, 2000). Thus, the criteria involved in selecting samples must be directly related to the theoretical issues and objectives to be achieved in the research, being focused especially towards obtaining specific information. The sampling strategy is important because, in addition to responding to a series of starting statements and influencing the scale ...

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