Faculty of Arts


Quantitative Methods in Anthropology

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for ANTHRO 309.


This course is designed as an introduction to quantitative methods used in anthropology. It assumes no statistical or computer background and requires only basic mathematics. The emphasis will be on quantitative analysis as an anthropological research tool, not on probability or statistical theory, although these will be discussed. Students will be taught the use of the SPSS computer package. Computer Labs will be conducted in the Fale Computer Lab. These will consist of seven labs. Students will have full access to the computing facilities in the Fale Lab. The syllabus and the links it contains to labs and so on will be available through CANVAS.

The goals of this course are to

  • Teach the student to read and understand statistical applications in anthropology
  • Teach the student to design and conduct basic quantitative analysis
  • Introduce the student to the range of quantitative techniques useful in anthropological research.                  

The lectures will stress the virtue of simplicity in data presentation and analysis.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Professor Peter Sheppard


Shennan, S. 1997 Quantifying Archaeology 2nd Edition. Edinburgh Univ. Press. Available online through the Library.


ANTHRO 309: 15.0 points


ANTHRO 200 or 201 or 203 or 120 points passed



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