Quantitative Archaeology Wiki

This is the content that was previously published at the Quantitative Archaeology Wiki. These pages are not a wiki but the name is kept for consistency.

Please note that most of the content in this section is obsolete. Check the CRAN Task View: Archaeological Science by Ben Marwick for a broad overview of current R usage in archaeology.

Digging Numbers

Follow the exercises for the textbook “Digging Numbers” by Fletcher and Lock using the R statistical software.

Go to the Digging Numbers exercises

Sum of individual weighted means

This is a method to calculate with enhanced precision the chronological distribution of archaeological artefacts that have long time spans. ☛ Go to the weighted means page

Contingency Tables

This is a basic introduction to frequency and contingency tables using R. A function for plotting Ford “battleship” diagrams is presented. ☛ Go to the contingency tables page

Spatial Analysis

Tutorials about spatial analysis techniques using free geospatial software like GRASS, R and others. ☛ Go to the spatial analysis introduction page

Plotting quantitative pottery data

Go to the quantitative pottery data page


Statistical analysis is very often already included in the archaeometric study of materials. Here we try to perform some common analysis with the R programming language. ☛ Go to the archaeometry page

Quantitative Archaeology summer school

Some brief notes taken at the I-QMDAA Summer School in 2006.


We collected references to published manuals and journals about Quantitative Archaeology in this Zotero collection.

Please note that this bibliography is not updated. Feel free to submit suggestions for new content.