Simulating Complexity at the SAA meetings!

Hello readers! I’m writing you from sunny San Francisco where we are gearing up for the SAAs. We have a Simulating Complexity session that is sure to be interesting. Find us Thursday afternoon at 1pm in the room Union Square 21. Here’s a teaser of the paper titles.

Opening Remarks–Mark Lake

A spatially explicit model of lithic raw material composition in archaeological assemblages–Phil Fisher and Luke Premo

Simulating Late Holocene landscape use and the distribution of stone artefacts in arid western New South Wales, Australia–Benjamin Davies

Testing the Variability Selection Hypothesis on Hominin Dispersals – a Multi-agent Model Approach–Iza Romanowska and Seth Bullock

Climatic variability and hominin dispersal: the accumulated plasticity hypothesis–Matt Grove

Humanizing wave of advance dispersal models–Colin Wren

Hierarchy and Tribute Flow in the American Southwest–Stefani Crabtree, Kyle Bocinsky, Tim Kohler

Changing Channels: Simulating Irrigation Management on Evolving Canal Systems for the Prehistoric Hohokam of Central Arizona–John Murphy, Louise Purdue, Maurits Ertsen

Complexity in space and time: spatio-temporal variability and scale in simulations of social-ecological systems–Isaac Ullah & Michael Barton

Modeling Behavior in Digital Places Using Low-Level Perceptual Cues–Rachel Opitz

Reconstructing Large-Area Ancient Transportation Networks to Support Complexity Research–Devin White

Many Roman Bazaars: exploring the need for simple computational models in the study of the Roman economy–Shawn Graham & Tom Brughmans

Empirical Validation and Model Selection in Archaeological Simulation–Enrico Crema

Discuassant and closing remarks–Tim Kohler

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