Representativity of the Midwestern Paleoindian Sample
Knowing Midwestern Paleoindians from archaeological evidence requires due regard for the record's quality as a sample. How big is it? How much of it do we have? How representative is this sample by size and composition? Estimating Cowgill's "physical-finds population" partly from the existing sample, I gauge "representativity" of the Midwestern Paleoindian record. Yes, the sample is small and biased, but representativity is no counsel of despair that available evidence is hopelessly corrupted. Instead, it identifies better data-collection methods and is a necessary prelude to intelligent synthesis.
North American Archaeologist
Shott, Michael J., "Representativity of the Midwestern Paleoindian Sample" (2004). Anthropology Faculty Research. 375.