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Trends in Archaeological Simulation

Lake, MW; (2014) Trends in Archaeological Simulation. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory , 21 (2) pp. 258-287. 10.1007/s10816-013-9188-1. Green open access

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This paper provides an up-to-date history of archaeological computer simulation, starting with the early 1970s simulation models, but paying particular attention to those developed over the past 20-25 years. It revises earlier accounts of archaeological simulation by proposing an alternation between programmatic phases, in which published work tends to be about simulation as a method, and mature phases in which there is greater emphasis on the substantive results of simulation experiments. The paper concludes that the burgeoning interest in computer simulation since circa 2000 is largely characterized by mature application in areas where it fits naturally into existing inferential frameworks (e.g., certain strands of evolutionary archaeology) but that explicitly "sociological" simulation remains a challenge.

Type: Article
Title: Trends in Archaeological Simulation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10816-013-9188-1
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10816-013-9188-1
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Author(s).This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license which allows users to read, copy, distribute and make derivative works for noncommercial purposes from the material, as long as the author of the original work is cited. All commercial rights are exclusively held by Springer Science + Business Media. You may self-archive this article on your own website, an institutional repository or funder’s repository and make it publicly available immediately.
Keywords: Computer simulation Agent-based modelling Dynamical systems Archaeological theory Quantitative methods Evolutionary archaeology Human ecodynamics
UCL classification: UCL
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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/1427666
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