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distance-decay function
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: distance decay
CATEGORY: technique
DEFINITION: A mathematical expression of the inverse ratio between the quantity of a substance and the distance from its source; the rate at which interaction declines as the distance from the source increases. This function is a specific example of linear regression analysis and can be used to describe the relationship between the amount of a given commodity found at any point and the place from which it was exported. The patterns and mathematical expressions help to distinguish different forms of trade and exchange. In general, distance-decay varies with the value of the object traded, with the richer items spreading further from the source.
eco-functional theory
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: Any theory which posits that human culture is an adaptation to the environment and thus culture functions to maintain humans and the environment in a sustainable balance.
function
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: functional concept
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The purpose or use of a component within a culture. The second goal of archaeological research is analysis of data and their relationships to determine function and thus reconstruct and create synchronic descriptions of ancient behavior. It is a model of culture that is keyed to the functions of its various components, which unite into a single system or structure.
functional attribute
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: Any characteristic of an object that indicates its function, such as its form or a residue from an activity for which it was used.
functional type
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A type based on cultural use or function rather than on outward form or chronological position
functional type
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: Classification based on cultural use or function rather than on outward form or chronological position.
functional typology
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: functional type
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: Classification based on cultural use or function rather than on outward form or chronological position.
ideofunction
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: adj ideofunctional
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The use of an object for ideological purposes; for example, the wearing of a special garment as part of a religious ceremony.
sociofunction
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The use of an object for social purposes, to express social status or organization, such as the wearing of a certain garment to convey high social status.
technofunction
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: adj. technofunctional or technomic
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The use of an artifact for practical purposes; e.g., garments offering warmth or protection.
utilitarian function
CATEGORY: typology
DEFINITION: The physical functions of artifacts distinguished form symbolic or ideological functions.

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