LAC session Unravelling entangled pathways

This session at the Landscape Archaeology Conference (2-5 June in Madrid) sounds great and will be of interest to readers of this blog.

Deadline 14 February!

Via Laure Nuninger:

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the session: #027 Unravelling entangled pathways. Debating new approaches to study the interaction of past movement and settlement systems, which will be held at the LAC2020 conference in Madrid (ES), 2-5 June 2020. 
How does it work? 
This is an open session with a slightly different format. The session will be introduced by a keynote contribution. This keynote contribution will be pre-circulated to the presenters a month before the conference in order to share the concepts and approaches that we intend to discuss. The contributors to the session are expected to reflect upon this in their own presentations, in order to support a shared and open discussion at the end of the session. 
How to participate 
Please send us an e-mail, and submit your contribution electronically via the online submission system (LAC) by the given deadline of February 14th, 2020.
Please feel free to ask any other questions you might have!
Best regards
The organisers: Laure Nuninger,  Rachel Opitz, César Parcero-Oubiña, Thibault Saintenoy, and Philip Verhagen
#027 Unravelling entangled pathways

Understanding the motivations and travel patterns of past societies allows for a better analysis of land use dynamics because movement underlies the organization of a wide variety of landscape features. Movement left physical or intangible (memory, stories) traces that are difficult to recover because they are intertwined and create a complex archaeological picture over long periods of activity. Movement in archaeology is studied through diverse approaches (observational field work, remote sensing detection, network analysis, spatial analysis and modelling, agent-based modelling and simulation…). The ontological interoperability of the data created through these approaches is uncertain. The challenges of making these data compatible is particularly salient, given that much of the data involved is digital, in the context of the FAIR data principles. Consequently new paradigms to reconstruct the logical assemblage that constitutes systems of movement are needed.

This session provides a forum to discuss the theoretical and methodological implications of analyzing past movement, in particular within the context of settlement system studies. How do we conceive the relationship between space and movement ? How do we elaborate datasets to study movement within the landscape ? How do we use and structure various datasets in our analyses of movement flows and their relationship with the landscape and settlements? How do we conceive, as archaeologists, the idea of pathways entanglement, related to their accumulation over time?

To approach these issues it is necessary to clarify:

  • The landscape archaeological frameworks we use to create data about or to conceive past movement.
  • The way we are interpreting empirical evidence of movement about the landscape which has to be presented in detail: how do we treat built roads ? trails ? stairs ? or other path features ? how do we recognize them as pathways ?
  • Our analytical approaches to the study and interpretation of past movement: what kind of data and knowledge do we use to study a movement flow, a network or a meshwork? How might computational modelling as a emulation/simulation of movement help to disentangle and complete the empirical data picture?
  • Our idea of validation of models of movement from theoretical and computational points of view, and in relationship to the settlement system.

This session aims to consider these questions within the framework of the FAIR data principles, building towards the goal of creating inter-compatible ontologies for past movement studies. This session further aims to bring together diverse perspectives to discuss and compare the paradigms, data, and analyses applied in different contexts. We therefore invite papers based on case studies from any region. We particularly encourage case studies presented within the framework of a transcultural approach, including comparisons across multiple regions.  Papers can present advanced ontological approaches or more generally address their own reflections and experiences related to the themes of this session.

Session Keywords: pathways; movement; meshwork; network; settlement system


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