Their 1964 seminars, attended by the majority of Brazilian archaeologists, taught techniques of site surveying and ceramic seriation so as to obtain chronological sequences and regional distributions of cultural complexes.
Ceramic seriation and radiocarbon dating organized sites into traditions, phases, and subphases which supposedly corresponded to distinct cultural units through time and space.
The main part of the book is a determined attempt to knit together these 'fixed points' and the technique used is seriation.
There is a certain irony in the recognition that not only is the archaeological material produced by the Petrie School the most extensive corpus available to study this period, but that the technique of seriation developed by Petrie and used by him on this material (and described by him in his Diospolis Parva, a book whose content is far wider and of greater general archaeological importance than its title suggests - a reversal of the practice apparent in much modern titling of archaeological monographs), is the one to be refined in this study.
In the early- to mid-20th-century, culture historians used a fairly rigorous, but implicit, definition of style in developing the seriation method (Teltser 1995).
The seriation method (after Dunnell 1981) was first applied to Polynesian materials by Emory et al.
Elsewhere in Polynesia, use of the seriation method and attempts to identify historical types have been troubled by the inclusion of inappropriate (e.
Although not appropriate for seriation, the Aitutaki hooks show homologous similarities with early East Polynesian collections from the Marquesan Islands, and with pene-contemporaneous assemblages from elsewhere in central East Polynesia, New Zealand, and Rapa Nui.