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Live Online Course – 5th Edition

Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Palaeontology and Archaeology

January 30th-February 10th, 2023

Live sessions will be recorded


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Course overview & Programme

This course aims to introduce participants to 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 intends to provide each participant with the tools to develop and statistically test different hypotheses.

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, Frequency 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 required for the smooth running of the class, as well as a good internet connection.

Soledad De Esteban Trivigno Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science

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.”

Dates & Schedule

January 30th-February 10th, 2023

13:00-17:00 (Madrid time zone)

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).

Total course hours: 24

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.



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.


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.

Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science

Fees & Discounts

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

We offer discounts on the Course Fee.

Discounts are not cumulative. Participants receive the highest appropriate discount.

We also offer the possibility of paying in two instalments. Please contact us to request this.

Former participants of Transmitting Science courses receive a 5% discount on the Course Fee.

20% discount on the Course Fee is offered to members of certain organisations (Ambassador Institutions). If you wish to apply for this discount, please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later). If you would like your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador Institution, please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com

Unemployed scientists, as well as PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, can benefit from a 40% discount on the Course Fee. This applies only to participants based in Spain. If you wish to ask for this discount, please contact us. The discount may apply for a maximum of 2 places, which will be covered by strict registration order.