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Introduction: Archaeological inferences and computational spaces

Bevan, A; Lake, M; (2016) Introduction: Archaeological inferences and computational spaces. In: Computational Approaches to Archaeological Spaces. (pp. 17-26). Routledge: New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter analyzes the palimpsest of archaeological data scattered across the landscapes of eastern Spain. It explores the computational model in Net-Logo a platform for the creation of agent-based models (ABM) to test whether land-use dynamics in which small-holders exhausted the fields around a farmstead and moved to another could produce a cumulative archaeological landscape of regularly spaced sites. The chapter characterizes the spread of a particular hunting technology across Pleistocene Europe in the millennia leading up to the last glacial maximum (LGM). It creates a computational model that combined spreading rates derived from a spatial analysis of the radiocarbon data with information about the rates at which humans on foot likely traversed terrain of varying ruggedness. Computational model is a potentially transformative technology for the social sciences in general and archaeology in particular. Results generated by the MedLand Modeling Laboratory (MML) can be treated as hypotheses about human-environmental interaction.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Introduction: Archaeological inferences and computational spaces
ISBN-13: 9781611323467
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781315431932-7
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315431932
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10116569
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