Spring 2023 - ARCH 376 D100

Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (4)

Class Number: 4018

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Mon, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 101 or ARCH 201, and any one of ARCH 285, GEOG 251, PSYC 210, STAT 101, STAT 201, STAT 203, or STAT 205.



Theory, method, and operation of the application of statistical techniques to the description, classification, analysis, and interpretation of archaeological data. Quantitative.


This course examines theory, method, and operation of quantitative techniques used in the description, classification, analysis, and interpretation of archaeological data. The course stresses exploratory data analysis and graphical pattern recognition techniques. The main objectives of the course are: to provide the background necessary for informed, critical reading of quantitative archaeological literature; to provide the background needed for designing research projects that will generate data that can be productively analyzed using quantitative methods; and to teach the use of computers in managing and analyzing archaeological data.  Major topics to be covered include:

  1. Measurement Theory                                
  2. Quantifying Archaeological Objects      
  3. Graphing Data                                      
  4. Descriptive Statistics                              
  5. Statistical Inference                                
  6. Students T test
  7. Chi-squared Test
  8. Kolmogorov-Smirnov Test
  9. Correlation
  10. Principal Component Analysis 

The course will require a substantial commitment of time, including extensive use of computers in campus facilities (or at home).


  • Weekly Assignments(7) 70%
  • Quizzes (2) 30%



There is no required textbook for this course.


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:


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