Fluvial spatial taphonomy: a new method for the study of post-depositional processes



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Domínguez-Rodrigo, Manuel and Cobo-Sánchez, Lucía and Yravedra Sainz de los Terreros, José and Uribelarrea del Val, David and Arriaza, Carmen and Organista, Elia and Baquedano, Enrique (2018) Fluvial spatial taphonomy: a new method for the study of post-depositional processes. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 10 (7). pp. 1769-1789. ISSN 1866-9557, ESSN: 1866-9565

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Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12520-017-0497-2


Traditional taphonomic analyses do not consider the emergent properties resulting from the relationship of variables. Several of these emergent properties are expressed spatially. Here, we present a spatial taphonomic approach to the understanding of post-depositional processes affecting experimental assemblages modified by fluvial currents. Spatial statistical methods are a great tool to understand how different taphonomic variables relate at a spatial scale. The results of the application of this method to bone assemblages affected by low- and high-energy flows show the loss or modification of most of the original spatial taphonomic relationships. It also shows the degree of bone loss according to element, anatomical section and bone structure, and shape types. Anisotropy is identified in both experimental contexts. These results add new criteria to assess the impact of water flows in bone assemblages and contribute to define the properties of lag assemblages.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fluvial, Taphonomy, Spatial analysis, Spatial statistics, Anisotropy
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Paleontology
ID Code:51188
Deposited On:11 Feb 2019 18:06
Last Modified:01 Sep 2020 07:37

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