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The Role of Agent-Based Modeling in Archaeology

Author(s): J. Daniel Rogers ; Wendy Cegielski

Year: 2016

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Published applications of Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) in archaeology have tripled within the last five years. However, the scope of the research topics investigated has not increased accordingly. A consensus exists among ABM practitioners, that once generally accepted in archaeology, ABM can make revolutionary advances within the overall research paradigm. Within the archaeological community unresolved concerns center on whether ABMs are sufficiently grounded in empirical data, are aligned with theoretical trajectories, and on the difficult task of mastering the computational systems. It is worth exploring these aspects of the disjuncture between the mainstream and ABM practitioners for two reasons--to frame a discussion of qualities of ABM that make it transformative and to provide guidelines for broadening ABM’s applicability.

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The Role of Agent-Based Modeling in Archaeology. J. Daniel Rogers, Wendy Cegielski. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403431)


Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America