Testing for Divergent Transmission Histories among Cultural Characters: A Study Using Bayesian Phylogenetic Methods and Iranian Tribal Textile Data

PloS One Vol/Iss. 6(4) The Public Library of Science Published In Pages: e14810
By Matthews, Luke J., Tehrani, Jamie J., Jordan, Fiona M., Collard, Mark, Nunn, Charles L.


There is not a core tradition of characters in Iranian tribal textile traditions; instead, the various cultural units with their set of characters ('pile-weave design') have different transmission histories.


Authors suggest that market trade influenced 'pile-weave design' characters to become a coherent cultural component with a unique transmission history. 'Pile-weave designs' are expected to produce a unique tree topology instead of having different evolutionary rates.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Bayesian phylogenetic analysisSupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN