These set of programs were constructed to assist in the creation of seriation, particularly as a tool to explain the archaeological record in terms of cultural transmission. They are free to use but you must abide by the Creative Commons license listed below.

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 Code by Carl P. Lipo and Tim Hunt

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 Lipo, C. (2001). Science, Style and the Study of Community Structure: An Example from the Central Mississippi River Valley. Oxford, British Archaeological Reports, International Series, no. 918.

 Lipo, C., M. Madsen, R. Dunnell and T. Hunt (1997) Population Structure, Cultural Transmission, and Frequency Seriation. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 16(4):33.

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