The folks at CAA have issued a call for papers for next year’s conference in Oslo. The conference theme is Exploring Oceans of Data, befitting the maritime heritage of the host city. There are a number of exciting sessions planned, including a one organised by we, your friendly neighborhood SimulatingComplexiteers:
Can You Model That? Applications of Complex Systems Simulation to Explore the Past
The large scale patterns that we commonly detect in the archaeological record are often not a simple sum of individual human interactions. Instead, they are a complex interwoven network of dependencies among individuals, groups, and the environment in which individuals live. Tools such as Agent-based Modelling, System Dynamics Models, Network Analysis and Equation-based Models are instrumental in unravelling some of this network and shedding light on the dynamic processes that occurred in the past. In this session we invite case studies using computational approaches to understand past societies. This session will showcase the innovative ways archaeologists have used simulation and other model building techniques to understand the interactions between individuals and their social and natural environments. The session will also provide a platform to discuss both the potential and the limitations of computational modelling in archaeology and to highlight the range of possible applications.
There are also a number of other amazing looking sessions. Here’s just a few:
- Networking the past: Towards best practice in archaeological network science
- Using GIS Modeling to Solve Real-World Archaeological Problems
- Exploring Maritime Spaces with Digital Archaeology: Modelling navigation, seascapes, and coastal spaces
- Analyzing Social Media & Online Culture in Archaeology
- Modelling approaches to analyse the socio-economic context in archaeology II: defining the limits of production
- Computational approaches to ancient urbanism: documentation, analysis and interpretation
Personally, I can’t think of a better way to spend a few days than talking computers and archaeology in lovely Oslo. For more information or to submit an abstract, visit the CAA conference website.