Mapping Archaeological Research 2004-2013: a network of sources, authors and concepts

Author(s): Anthony Sinclair

Year: 2015


Citations data provide an important but under-utilised resource through which to appreciate the structure and relationships of archaeology as a discipline. This data can be visually mapped to present the key structures of scientific disciplines. This poster will present three network maps of archaeological research based on an analysis of citations index data from more than 20,000 archaeological research outputs published between 2004 and 2013 inclusive. Each map contains information on more than 1000 elements, positioned and clustered by association to surrounding elements and ranked by importance. These maps include; (i) the network of cited archaeological sources, (ii) the network of archaeological authors, and (iii) the network of terms or concepts used in current archaeological research. These maps provide a unique visual through which to understand the multi-disciplinary nature of archaeological research, the nature of its specialties, and the essential knowledge concepts that are required for an understanding of archaeological research. The network of cited authors can be viewed as the disciplinary research core supporting contemporary research.

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Mapping Archaeological Research 2004-2013: a network of sources, authors and concepts. Anthony Sinclair. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397490)

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