A cross-cultural method for predicting nonmaterial traits in archeology

Behavior Science Notes Vol/Iss. 5 Published In Pages: 195-212
By McNett, Charles W., Jr.


"Community pattern (archaeologically defined) . . . can help predict [these] sociocultural traits: communal or private real estate, shared or hoarded goods, property at death destroyed or inherited, craftsmen, extent of trade, taxes, coercive power, kin-based community or larger, law, political hierarchy, army, religion or magic, ethical supernatural, complex supernatural, spirits or gods, shamans or priests, religious hierarchy, individual or common ritual, group ceremony frequency, simple or elaborate funerals" (197-200)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Goodman and Kruskal’s lambda-aSupportedp<.001.54UNKNOWN