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Can you Model my Valley? Particular People, Places and Times in Archaeological Simulation

Author(s): Andre Costopoulos

Year: 2017

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Every archaeological modeler, whether generalist or particularist, eventually gets asked whether "their model" can help reconstruct a particular past. Could a general archaeological simulation engine be built that can be customized to answer specific questions about specific archaeological contexts, or is simulation a tool that must remain largely general and heuristic? I will argue both that it is useful to work toward a general archaeological simulation engine, and that such an engine could help us understand what processes generated particular sets of archaeological remains, but that it won’t help us reconstruct particular pasts. I will also discuss the difference between these levels of understanding.


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Can you Model my Valley? Particular People, Places and Times in Archaeological Simulation. Andre Costopoulos. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431522)


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