casa Montero
Casa Montero CSIC CCHs

The impossibility of excavating all the structures recorded was a problem that had to be solved right from the beginning. The need to select a sample of the site for its study required at least a good partial knowledge of it. Two sampling systems were used which to provide this.

During the first two field seasons, the cleared site was subjected to random sampling in order to provide an idea of the variation among shafts. Aligned systematic sampling was then performed during the third field season. This involved excavating all the shafts in 17 sampling units measuring 10 x 10 m distributed across the site. This guaranteed that sampling was representative and that comparisons between different groups of shaft would be possible.

The design of the aligned systematic sampling for the third field season; the yellow cells correspond to the excavated units
Figure: The Casa Montero Team
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