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dc.contributor.authorEvans, Adrian A.
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-10T16:02:57Z
dc.date.available2016-10-10T16:02:57Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationEvans AA (2014) On the importance of blind testing in archaeological science: the example from lithic functional studies. Journal of Archaeological Science. 48: 5-14.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/9838
dc.descriptionYes
dc.description.abstractBlind-testing is an important tool that should be used by all analytical fields as an approach for validating method. Several fields do this well outside of archaeological science. It is unfortunate that many applied methods do not have a strong underpinning built on, what should be considered necessary, blind-testing. Historically lithic microwear analysis has been subjected to such testing, the results of which stirred considerable debate. However, putting this aside, it is argued here that the tests have not been adequately exploited. Too much attention has been focused on basic results and the implications of those rather than using the tests as a powerful tool to improve the method. Here the tests are revisited and reviewed in a new light. This approach is used to highlight specific areas of methodological weakness that can be targeted by developmental research. It illustrates the value in having a large dataset of consistently designed blind-tests in method evaluation and suggests that fields such as lithic microwear analysis would greatly benefit from such testing. Opportunity is also taken to discuss recent developments in quantitative methods within lithic functional studies and how such techniques might integrate with current practices.
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2013.10.026
dc.rights(c) 2014 Elsevier. This is an Open Access article distributed under the Creative Commons CC-BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
dc.subjectBlind-tests; Quantification; Method improvement; Lithic microwear; Functional analysis
dc.titleOn the importance of blind testing in archaeological science: the example from lithic functional studies
dc.status.refereedYes
dc.typeArticle
dc.type.versionPublished version
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