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There's more than one way to skin a cat: equifinality and developer-funded archaeology

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There's more than one way to skin a cat : equifinality and developer-funded archaeology. / Richer, Suzi; Blinkhorn, Edward Hillier; Bryant, Victorial.

2015. Paper presented at 36th Annual AEA Conference: From Anthrosphere to Lithosphere (and back again): A Celebration of the Career and Research of Terry O’Connor, York, United Kingdom.

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Richer, S, Blinkhorn, EH & Bryant, V 2015, 'There's more than one way to skin a cat: equifinality and developer-funded archaeology' Paper presented at 36th Annual AEA Conference: From Anthrosphere to Lithosphere (and back again): A Celebration of the Career and Research of Terry O’Connor, York, United Kingdom, 6/11/15 - 8/11/15, .

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Richer, S., Blinkhorn, E. H., & Bryant, V. (2015). There's more than one way to skin a cat: equifinality and developer-funded archaeology. Paper presented at 36th Annual AEA Conference: From Anthrosphere to Lithosphere (and back again): A Celebration of the Career and Research of Terry O’Connor, York, United Kingdom.

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Richer S, Blinkhorn EH, Bryant V. There's more than one way to skin a cat: equifinality and developer-funded archaeology. 2015. Paper presented at 36th Annual AEA Conference: From Anthrosphere to Lithosphere (and back again): A Celebration of the Career and Research of Terry O’Connor, York, United Kingdom.

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Richer, Suzi ; Blinkhorn, Edward Hillier ; Bryant, Victorial. / There's more than one way to skin a cat : equifinality and developer-funded archaeology. Paper presented at 36th Annual AEA Conference: From Anthrosphere to Lithosphere (and back again): A Celebration of the Career and Research of Terry O’Connor, York, United Kingdom.

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