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Online Course – 5th Edition

Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Palaeontology and Archaeology

January 30th-February 10th, 2023

This course will be delivered live online

This course will be taught using a combination of live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom and tasks to be completed in between live sessions on the Slack platform.

Live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to participants for a limited period of time. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.

Introduction to Statistical Analysis for Palaeontology and ArchaeologyCourse Overview

This course is aimed to introduce participants on the basic concepts of statistical analysis, through examples belonging to the fields of palaeontology and archaeology. There will be lectures combined with exercises.

More than understanding  the mathematical basis of each statistical analysis, this course is intended to provide each participant with the tools to develop and statistically test different hypothesis.

We will be using free user-friendly software (PAST).


  • Introduction to the theory behind statistics and Hypothesis Testing.
  • Type of variables.
  • Graphs: Bar charts, Pie chart, Histograms, Box-plots
  • Descriptive and inferential statistics. Parametric and non-parametric statistics.
  • Distributions, Frecuency and probability. Normality. P-value. Type I and II errors.
  • Comparing groups: T-test, paired t-test, ANOVA, MANOVA, Wilcoxon, Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis, PERMANOVA. Discriminant Analysis.
  • Association between variables: correlation and linear regression.
  • Working with counts: contingency table and chi-square test.
  • Exploratory Analysis: Cluster Analysis, Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Principal Coordinates Analysis (PCoA), Correspondence Analysis.


All participants must have a personal computer (Windows, Macintosh). Webcam and headphones are needed to the correct development of the class, as well as a good internet connection.




January 30th-February 10th, 2023

Schedule and Course length

Online live sessions Monday 30th of January, and Wednesday 1st, Friday 3rd,  Monday 6th, Wednesday 8th, Friday  10th of February, from 13:00 to 17:00 (Madrid time zone).

24 hours online.

This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.




Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Testimonials for this course

Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Palaeontology and Archaeology (online) – 2nd edition.

“I loved Sole as a teacher. She is very patient and takes the time to answer questions and explain a little more when she feels people are a little quiet and maybe don’t understand but are too shy to say so. Loved the Kahoots too.”

Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Palaeontology and Archaeology (online) – 2nd edition.

“I like the build up of subjects throughout the lessons. It’s in a very good order for understanding. I’m also happy language formed no limitations whatsoever. Sometimes it does with complicated subjects such as this, but there was no problem.”

Soledad De Esteban Trivigno Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science

Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until December 31st, 2022):
  • 320 €
    (256 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after December 31st, 2022):
  • 380 €
    (304 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • The price is VAT included.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance in the course. Payment is not required during registration.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com


Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the Course Fee. We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact courses@transmittingscience.com).

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Ambassador Institutions). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Unemployed scientists living in Spain may benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you would like to enquire about this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict registration order.


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