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The Connected Past in London

September is going to busy for the complexity folks. There’s the European Social Simulation Conference with a satellite event dedicated to archaeology (SPUHH) in Barcelona (1-5 Sept), the UISPP conference in Burgos with quite a few sessions on modelling (1-7th Sept), the European Association of Archaeologists in Istanbul (10-14 Sept) and finally the European Conference on Complex Systems in Lucca, Italy (22-27 Sept). You can read a more detailed account of some of them here.

To add to this conference frenzy The Connected Past team put together a two day workshop in London (7-9 Sept).

For more details go the event website or see the abstract below.

one and a half day multi-disciplinary meeting aimed at discussing how historical questions pose complexity scientists with interesting challenges that could lead to innovative techniques. The main meeting will be held in the Huxley building at Imperial College, starting at about 14:00 on Monday 8th September 2014 and finishing the following day, Tuesday 9th September at around 17:00. We also hope to hold a small workshop aiming to give researchers a chance to learn how to use some basic technology in this area.  This would probably on the morning of Monday 8th September. An informal social event is planned for the Monday evening.

The idea is to bring together experts from archaeology or related fields with physical scientists to explore ways to work together; to pose clear questions, highlight the challenges and to look at ways to tackle such issues. The meeting is organised as part of The Connected Past series of events.  Earlier meetings under that framework will give an idea of the type of content participants might expect in this meeting (for example see the Connected Past 2012 conference).

The workshop is funded in part by an EPSRC NetworkPlus grant addressing one of Physics Grand Challenges: Emergence and Physics Far From Equilibrium so this meeting will explore ways that archaeological problems can be tackled from such a viewpoint. There is likely to be a small registration fee but some support is available to cover travel and other costs of UK based researchers attending the meeting.

Connected Past in Paris

For all you network analysis fanatics out there, a quick reminder that the Connected Past Conference is happening for the second time this April. Since the  beginnings as a TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference) session in 2011 in Birmingham the Connected Past team has been bringing together researchers working on network analysis and successfully promoting this core complexity science technique among archaeologists.

Looking at the conference programme there is a good mix of applications typical to archaeology such as modelling ancient trade  (Eivind Heldaas SelandFrancisco Apellaniz) or interpreting the distribution of archaeological finds (Henrik Gerding and Per ÖstbornHabiba, Jan C. Athenstädt and Ulrik Brandes), but also quite a lot of historical case studies ranging from ancient writers (Thibault Clérice and Anthony Glaise) to early modern financial networks (Ana Sofia Ribeiro) to modern academic networks (Marion Beetschen).

Thanks to a leak from one of the organisers  we know that there are literally only a few places left so book asap to avoid disappointment: http://connectedpast.soton.ac.uk/conference-2014/.