Blind tests in microscopic residue analysis: Comments on Wadley et al. (2004)

Crowther, Alison and Haslam, Michael (2007) Blind tests in microscopic residue analysis: Comments on Wadley et al. (2004). Journal of Archaeological Science, 34 6: 997-1000.


Author Crowther, Alison
Haslam, Michael
Title Blind tests in microscopic residue analysis: Comments on Wadley et al. (2004)
Journal name Journal of Archaeological Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-4403
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2006.06.003
Volume 34
Issue 6
Start page 997
End page 1000
Total pages 4
Place of publication London
Publisher Academic Press Ltd Elsevier Science Ltd
Language eng
Subject 2101 Archaeology
Abstract In this comment, we critique a recent paper by Wadley, Lombard and Williamson entitled 'The first residue analysis blind tests: results and lessons learnt' (Journal of Archaeological Science 31 (2004) 1491-1501) as a means of assessing the role and utility of such blind tests. We find that apart from not being the first residue analysis blind tests, the tests conducted by Wadley et al. exhibit problems at each stage of experimental design. Most of the issues identified can be attributed to loss of experimental control, including lack of documentation of residues prior to blind testing and contamination of their samples. We suggest possible means of avoiding these issues in future microscopic residue analysis blind tests. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Anthropology
Archaeology
Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
residue analysis
blind test
microscopy
Middle Stone-age
South-africa
Identification
Tools
Cave
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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