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The broken past: fractals in archaeology

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Date Issued:
2005-03-01
Title: The broken past: fractals in archaeology.
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Name(s): Liebovitch, Larry S., creator
Brown, Clifford T., creator
Witschey, Walter R. T., creator
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 2005-03-01
Publisher: Springer
Language(s): English
Identifier: 165780 (digitool), FADT165780 (IID), fau:2610 (fedora), 10.1007/s10816-005-2396-6 (doi)
FAU Department/College: Department of Psychology Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Note(s): Many archaeological patterns are fractal. Fractal analysis, therefore, has much to contribute to archaeology. This article offers an introduction to fractal analysis for archaeologists. This article explains what fractals are, describes the essential methods of fractal analysis, and presents archaeological examples. Some examples have been published previously, while others are presented in this article appear for the first time. The authors explain the connection between fractal geometry and nonlinear dynamical systems. Fractals are the geometry of complex nonlinear systems. Therefore, fractal analysis is an indispensable method in efforts to understand nonlinearities in past cultural dynamics.
This manuscript is a version of an article published in Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, v. 12, no. 1 (2005) p. 37-78 http://www.springerlink.com/content/p503l835g32t2000/?p=48c53beca8284065ac917227d84aa563&pi=1
Subject(s): Fractals
Nonlinear Systems
Chaos
Archaeology--Mathematical models
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/165780
Links: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10816-005-2396-6
Restrictions on Access: ©2005 Springer Netherlands
Host Institution: FAU

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