Spatial autocorrelation and the classic maya collapse: One technique, one conclusion

Jeff T. Williams

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    A pair of articles appearing recently in this journal (Whitley & Clark, Journal of Archaeological Science12, 377-395, 1985; Kvamme, Journal of Archaeological Science17, 197-207, 1990) apply spatial autocorrelation analysis to the distribution of terminal long-count dates from southern Lowland Classic Maya monuments. The authors employ similar techniques yet arrive at contradictory conclusions regarding the presence of geographical patterning in the collapse of the Classic Maya civilization in this region. Kvamme's contention, however, that Whitley & Clark conducted an inappropriate analysis and arrived at an erroneous conclusion is unsubstantiated. Both articles present appropriate analyses and report results which support the presence of spatial patterning in the Lowland Maya dates.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)705-709
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Nov 1993


    • Classic Maya Civilization Collapse
    • Hypothesis Testing
    • Scientific Method
    • Spatial Autocorrelation
    • Statistical Inference

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Archaeology
    • Archaeology


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