GIS and networks for archaeology: spring school for PhD students

There’s a cool Brussels spring school coming up on GIS and networks for archaeology. I’m giving the networks keynote, yay 🙂 The program looks very detailed and hands-on, so if you’re a PhD student in search of specialised training on this topic I can recommend signing up.

Where? Brussels, Belgium
When? 4-8 April 2022
Application deadline? 10 January 2022
Fee? 100 EUR


From the event website:

Archaeologists use different methods for visualizing their data – for analysis and for presentation. The international spring school will discuss successful ways to visualize these data and challenges and successes in the application of both GIS and network analysis (NA). Through an integration between theory, studies, and tutored practice, we aim to access the two learnt methods to each participant for independent use.

Monday 4.4.22: open for the public

09:30-10:30 • Registration for workshop participants

10:30-12:00Introduction to the Spring School + The Importance of (good) Data Visualization in Humanities (part 1) SĂ©bastien DE VALERIOLA (UniversitĂ© libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)

12:30-14:00>The Importance of (good) Data Visualization in Humanities (part 2), Sébastien DE VALERIOLA (Université libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)

15:00-16:30 • Keynote

From Mapping to Geospatial Modelling in Archaeology: Where Do We stand, and Where to Go Next?, Philip VERHAGEN (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

17:00-18:30 • Keynote

Archaeology, Materiality and Geo-Space Half a Century after the “Spatial Turn”, Piraye HACIGĂśZELLER (Universiteit Antwerpen)

Tuesday 5.4.22: GIS workshop (9:30-17:30)

Soektin VERVUST (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Hagit NOL, Jean VANDEN BROECK-PARANT, Mostafa ALSKAF (UniversitĂ© libre de Bruxelles)

Wednesday 6.4.22: open for the public 


Network Analysis: Definitions and Basic Concepts

Nicolas RUFFINI-RONZANI (Université catholique de Louvain & Université de Namur), Sébastien DE VALERIOLA (Université libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)


An Introduction to the Gephi Network Analysis Software Nicolas RUFFINI-RONZANI (Université catholique de Louvain & Université de Namur), Sébastien DE VALERIOLA (Université libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)

15:00-16:30 • SNA case studies

Approaching the Social Networks of Temple Builders in 4th C. BC Greece: Methodological Reflections, Jean VANDEN BROECK-PARANT (UniversitĂ© libre de Bruxelles)

Can We Trust Centrality? The Robustness of Centrality Metrics in Historical Networks, SĂ©bastien DE VALERIOLA (UniversitĂ© libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)

17:00-18:30 • Keynote

Does Archaeology Need Network Science? Illustrated through Medieval Visibility Networks in the Himalayas and Roman Economic Networks, Tom BRUGHMANS (Aarhus University)

19:00 • Dinner for workshop participants

Thursday 7.4.22: network analysis workshop (9:30-17:30)

Nicolas RUFFINI-RONZANI (Université catholique de Louvain & Université de Namur), Sébastien DE VALERIOLA (Université libre de Bruxelles & ICHEC)

Friday 8.4.22: “Bring Your Own Data” workshop (9:30-15:30)

▶ Who is this for? Twenty PhD students and Postdocswith a preference for:• archaeologists• beginners in both methods (GIS and SNA)• people fluent in English

▶ How much does it cost? 100 €(notice that tuition includes coffee breaks but excludes accommodation, traveling expenses, and food!)

▶ Where and how to apply? Send us an email to and we will send you a short questionary (so that we know you and your research better). After a selection process, we will confirm or decline your application. The registration will be finalized after your payment of tuition.

▶ What is the deadline for applying? January 10th, 2022

▶ When are answers given? By February 5th, 2022

▶ What is the deadline for paying tuition? February 28th, 2022

▶ The workshop is organized by: Hagit NOL, Agnès VOKAER, SĂ©bastien DE VALERIOLA, Nicolas RUFFINI-RONZANI, Soektin VERVUST

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no 801505

Present your work at The Connected Past in Heraklion, Greece!

The next iteration of our awesome series of The Connected Past conferences is scheduled to take place in the gorgeous Heraklion Archaeological Museum on Crete in Greece. This amazing venue features a fantastic collection of especially Minoan archaeology and the conference even includes an expert-guided trip to Knossos. You don’t want to miss this!

As always, this event will provide a friendly and inclusive platform to share your work on archaeological and historical network research. All work on general network method and theory topics are welcome! But this conference will also feature a particular focus on Aegean archaeology.

CFP deadline: 31 January 2022

More information:


The Connected Past conference, September 1-2, 2022, Heraklion, Crete

Networks in the archaeology of the ancient Aegean


  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum (Director: Stella Mandalaki; conference contact: Katerina Athanasaki,Head of the Department of Exhibitions, Education and Public Relations)
  • University of Toronto (Carl Knappett, Department of Art History)

The ancient Aegean and Mediterranean have been key testing grounds for the development of network concepts and methods in archaeology. A distinctive feature of network analysis in these areas is its uptake among both prehistorians and ancient historians, with studies ranging from the Neolithic to Late Antique. This two-day conference offers an opportunity for scholars working on all periods in the Aegean to come together to exchange ideas, methods and results. We also welcome presentations on general network method and theory topics that show potential for application to studies of the Aegean past.

As part of the ongoing support that The Connected Past offers for the development of network analysis techniques and theory among students and practitioners, we are also hosting a practical workshop, offered by The Connected Past group, at which interested researchers can learn some of the basics of network science in practice. This will take place during the two days before the conference (i.e. August 30th and 31st).

  • Where: Heraklion Conference Centre, Heraklion, Crete
  • When: 1-2 September 2022
  • Registration fee: €40 (€20 for graduate students) 
  • Associated activities: tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum and of the Palace of Knossos 
  • Details on accommodation options to follow

Please submit paper proposals (title, and 150 word abstract) by January 31st 2022, to and

More information about The Connected Past Heraklion will appear on The Connected Past website:

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