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Baxter, MJ; Cool, HEM (2008)
Publisher: Edizioni del Giglio
Languages: English
Types: Article
Recent work, in the field, on the dimensions and weights of loomweights from excavations in Insula VI.I, Pompeii suggested – to our surprise – that there was structure in the form of evidence of bi-modality in the weights. The paper has two purposes. One is to illustrate a variety of statistical methods that were used to confirm the validity of our observations. The other is to discuss what the archaeological implications of this might be. A more general point is that if more attention is given to what are often regarded as “uninteresting” artefacts some interesting results may emerge - specifically, it can be asked whether loomweights have chronological significance for interpreting archaeological sites (at Pompeii at least).
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