The following session on computational simulation in archaeology will be of interest to readers of this blog.
The Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC; http://starc.cyi.ac.cy/) of the Cyprus Institute (http://www.cyi.ac.cy/) is pleased to announce the dates for the 2nd International Congress on Archaeological Sciences in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East (ICAS-EMME 2): 12-14 November 2019. Abstract submissions are due on 30th of June, with acceptance notifications in mid-June 2019. More details are here: https://icasemme2.cyi.ac.cy/
We would like to bring the following session to your attention:
Computational Simulations in Archaeology: simulating city network dynamics in the Mediterranean basin.
Today it is widely recognised that computational methods can be used in archaeology to help understanding the transformation of urban conditions and phenomena in time by means of emergence, as well as to help testing and assessing research theories and hypotheses, by bringing together archaeological and environmental data with social systems. These approaches build on complexity theory, social science, urban modelling and economics, urban planning and geography, and network science. This session calls for research on the use of computational methods in the study of archaeological data at the urban scale, with a special focus on Mediterranean cities and city networks and interactions in the EMME region.
This session invites papers that seek to examine Mediterranean city networks, city life, and urban structure by using computational methods, such as:
* complexity theory and use of archaeological data in urban simulations;
* modelling / mapping of uncertainty;
* spatial interaction models;
* urban modelling and space syntax;
* urban morphology;
* geo-spatial data and simulation;
* agent-based modelling, cellular automata, neural networks, swarm behaviour and emergence in archaeological studies;
* virtual environments and real-time interactive visualisation of urban/spatial data, for immersion, education and interpretation purposes.
We also welcome papers that use digital tools and data analytics to study spatial interactions, flows, urban dynamics and morphology, and interpret urban phenomena, as well as theoretical papers that discuss the prospects and challenges of the science of cities in archaeology.
Georgios Artopoulos, Eleftheria Paliou and Thilo Rehren on behalf of the Organisation Team