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Amber June 25 2017

Anthon & Doug, My assumption is that the Dow-Eff program only needed a distinction at the level of categorical vs ordinal, so that was the level of distinction made.

On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 12:26 PM, Doug White <> wrote:
   Dear Amber,
   maybe Anthon will know

Amber June 22 2017 re: LRBkey.csv

Doug and Anthon,

I have had a couple emails from Clemens Schmid re: the "type" field in the LRBkey.csv file - particularly why limit types to categorical and ordinal instead of including interval and ratio levels of measurement. He has done some work to update data types to include interval and ratio variables in the "type_exp" field in the attached file.

On quick inspection, his "type_exp" field looks more accurate than the original "type" to me. Do either of you want to weigh in on why "type" was coded the way it was? I have to admit I've never paid any attention to this in the key because I still use my working file in SPSS.

Sincerely, Amber


I'd prefer that you do it because my main computer is on the blink

Doug  <>

Nia (Ronnia) Estes

Ronnia Estes Masters, Iowa State

Dear Nia,

Please send a docx version with tables and figures etc included.


Doug White

Dr. Johnson,

Yes. That's fine! Let me know if you need anything else.

Nia Estes

Amber and student Corey Hudson for Wiley

  • This paper still needs a little revision, but I thought I'd let you know what I'll be sending. It may be winter break before I have time to complete revisions, but I will get a finished version to you early 2017.
  • I like that we can showcase the work Nia and Corey did as undergraduates in this volume. I should be corresponding author since he has moved on in other directions
  • On Sun, Oct 30, 2016 at 3:12 PM, Douglas White <> wrote:
   excellent - this will get us over the hump with Wiley !
   On 10/30/16 12:54 PM, Amber Johnson wrote:
  • One more paper - I have a great cross-cultural paper on pastoralist subsistence written with another student a few years ago. It has been on my list to get published, but I haven't partly because the format doesn't match what the best match journal is looking for. It's on my home computer and I'll send it to you soon.

Dear Amber and Anthon

Thanks for your encouraging replies. Since hearing from you I've uploaded an R package with the Binford 2001 data to CRAN. I have listed you both (and Doug White) as co-authors to acknowledge your role in making the data available. (Aug 8 2016)

Within R, it can be installed with


I will add a vignette that demonstrates a few basic ways to get started with the dataset. I'll let you know when that's online.

Anthon, thanks for the pointers to your work on the Binford data and other related datasets, I'll have a close look into that.

Let me know if you'd like any more help with depositing the data into a repository such as zenodo (any DOI-issuing repository would be fine, many universities have them as part of the library service).

thanks again, and warm regards,

  • Ben Warwick

Amber e:room before talk

SynthesisofEcologyBiologyandEthnographicDataCS-DC_final invitation.pdf
Amber: The real fun will be when we have enough horticultural and pastoral cases coded to start playing with culture change scenarios in different ecological contexts." DRW: See the Australian archaeologists's data on the EA adjusted subsistence changes: David Bulbeck 2013. The transition from foraging to farming in prehistory and ‘ethnography’. World Archeaology, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 557-573.

FYI – I have finally built a web page that has data, program and codebooks as well. – Amber

Instructions for maintaining this personal page site

See: Main_Page#Useful_guidlines_for_creating_Wiki_content Link to: Causality Working Group

Initial documentation for Binford 2001 Frames_of_Reference

Publications in Pdf

Amber L. Johnson, 2008. A Method for Anticipating Patterns in Archaeological Sequences: Projecting the Duration of the Transition to Agriculture in Mexico- A Test Case.

Amber L. Johnson, 2008 Distinguishing Environmental and Density Dependent Aspects of Adaptation. Before Farming 2008/4 article 5: pp. 11-27.

Amber L. Johnson, Editor. 2004. Processual Archaeology: Exploring Analytical Strategies, Frames of Reference, and Culture Process.

Table of Contents. -- Prelude : Searching for home in the modern landscape of archaeology / Robert L. Kelly — 1. The goals of processual archaeology / Amber L. Johnson — 2. Middle Paleolithic assemblage formation at Riparo Mochi / Steven L. Kuhn — 3. Taphonomy and site structure of a late Paleolithic open-air site / James G. Enloe — 4. Modes of ceramic production and distribution: some observations from Philippine ethnoarchaeology / William A. Longacre — 5. Mobility, sedentism, and intensification : organizational responses to environmental and social change among the San of southern Africa / 6. Robert K. Hitchcock — Poison hunting strategies and the organization of technology in the circumpolar region / Alan J. Osborn — 7. The functional hypothesis revisited : an evaluation of cumulative graphs using the Mousterian in the eastern Sahara of Egypt and in southwest France / Fred Wendorf and Romuald Schild — 8. Population ecology, predator-prey dynamics, and Paleolithic society / Mary C. Stiner — 9. On niche breadth, system stability, and the importance of a phrase / Amber L. Johnson — 10. Niche : a productive guide for use in the analysis of cultural complexity / Lewis R. Binford —11. Solving Meno's puzzle, defeating Merlin's subterfuge : bodies of reference knowledge and archaeological inference / LuAnn Wandsnider.

Amber L. Johnson. 2004. Chapter 1: The Goals of Processual Archaeology. pp. 11-27, In, Processual Archaeology: Exploring Analytical Strategies, Frames of Reference, and Culture Process.

Amber L. Johnson, 2004. Chapter 9: On Niche Breadth System Stability and the Importance of a Phrase. pp.261-296 Processual Archaeology: Exploring Analytical Strategies, Frames of Reference, and Culture Process.

Amber L. Johnson, 2004. Why Not to Expect a “World State”. Cross-Cultural Research May 2004 38: 119-132.

Abstract: Predicting future sociopolitical developments requires a different strategy than projecting existing trends into the future. Projection assumes stability in the boundary conditions under which systems operate, whereas predicting the future requires some understanding of the structure and function of the types of entities under consideration. States are organized to coordinate communication and effort among their component parts and to facilitate communication and coordination with other systems. Although organizational properties of states must accomplish these tasks, an entity at the global scale, with no external systems, would not be expected to be organized this way. Thus, one may question the logic of projecting trends in the size and number of states to anticipate the date at which another type of entity may appear.

Amber L. Johnson, 2002. Cross-Cultural Analysis of Pastoral Adaptations and Organizational States. Cross-Cultural Research 36(2): 151-180.

Amber L. Johnson and Robert J. Hard, 2008. Exploring Texas Archaeology with a Model of Intensification. Plains Anthropologist 53(205): 137-153.

Amber L. Johnson, Adolfo Gil, Gustavo Neme, and Jacob Freeman, 2009 Maices e intensificacion_explorando el uso de los marcos de referencia. _____

Lewis Binford

Lewis R. Binford. 1971. Mortuary Practices: Their Study and Their Potential Memoirs of the Society for American Archaeology No. 25, Approaches to the Social Dimensions of Mortuary Practices (1971), pp. 6-29. Published by: Society for American Archaeology.

Lewis R. Binford. 2004. Chapter 1: Beliefs about Death, Behavior, Mortuary Practices. In, Explaining social change : studies in honour of Colin Renfrew / edited by John F. Cherry, Chris Scarre & Stephen Shennan.

Subjects: Renfrew, Colin, 1937-; Social archaeology.


  • Chapter 1 Beliefs about Death, Behaviour, and Mortuary Practices among Hunter-gatherers: a Search for Causal Structure? 1


  • Chapter 2 Social Archaeology and the Unfinished Business of the Palaeolithic 17


  • Chapter 3 Stage 3 Climate and the Upper Palaeolithic Revolution in Europe: Evolutionary Perspectives 27


  • Chapter 4 Neo-thingness 45


  • Chapter 5 Fractal Farmers: Patterns of Neolithic Origin and Dispersal 53


  • Chapter 6 An Overview of Neolithic Settlement Patterns in Eastern Thessaly 65


  • Chapter 7 Figuring Out Social Archaeology at Sitagroi 81


  • Chapter 8 Towards an Island of Mind? 93


  • Chapter 9 A Choreography of Construction: Monuments, Mobilization and Social Organization in

Neolithic Orkney 103 COLIN RICHARDS

  • Chapter 10 Now You See It, Now You Don't: Changing Obsidian Source Use in the

Willaumez Peninsula, Papua New Guinea 115 ROBIN TORRENCE

  • Chapter 11 Island Prehistories: a View of Orkney from South Uist 127


  • Chapter 12 Hail to the Chiefdom? The Quest for Social Archaeology 141


  • Chapter 13 The Development of an Island Centre: Urbanization at Phylakopi on Melos 149


  • Chapter 14 Stating Identities: the Use of Objects in Rich Bronze Age Graves 167


  • Chapter 15 The Role of Exchange Relations in the Origins of Mesopotamian Civilization 177


  • Chapter 16 Cycles of Collapse in Greek Prehistory: the House of the Tiles at Lerna

and the 'Heroon' at Lefkandi 193 JAMES WHITLEY

  • Chapter 17 Before Devanika: Social Change and State Formation in the Mekong Valley 203


  • Chapter 18 Aegean Islands and Islanders 215


  • Chapter 19 Aphrodite Observed: Insularity and Antiquities on Kythera through Outsiders' Eyes 227


Related Works

Environmental file WorldWSminusAlaska_output.csv

User:Amber L. Johnson

  • WorldWSminusAlaska_output.csv Weather stations 8000 from around the world.
  • 1, 2 residentially movile: ExNomov1, 2
  • lower density higher mobility, higher density lower mobility
  • Expected group size 1,2,3
  • Collaboration with Nora Franco (Argentina)

studies stone tool lithic tools - distances they came from; rare things like obsidian; 14 sites across patagonia. Paper for Sfaa meeting.

  • Model of pathogen rates, reproductive rates

Those maps in the 4 farming papers.

  • codebook for variable names in the excel spreadsheets
  • Chichihua Mexico
  • China
  • Total pop for ethno group
  • group sizes within the group
  • When is regression equations out of bounds
  • What can be projected for the world
  • 3 ET zones ma for the world
  • 12.75 ET Centigrade
  • Yellow band have plants but need storage areas where agric often invented
  • effect of warm Atlantic or other currents
  • ET sensitive to elevation and general circulation patterns and ocean warming
  • Surfer an older program, take into paint...
decimal degrees

For Amber re: nomov (subsetted as nomov2)

New Variable
rep(NA,length(dx$nomov)); index <- (dx$subsp==3) & (dx$grppat==2)