The Model-Based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems (A School for Advanced Research Resident Scholar Book)

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How should archaeologists and other social scientists tackle the big and little questions about change in socionatural systems? Although fieldwork is certainly the place to start, it alone is not enough to answer troublesome "how" or "why" questions. To make sense of what they find in the field, archaeologists build models-possible explanations for the data. This book is about new developments in applying dynamic models for understanding relatively small-scale human systems and the environments they inhabit and alter. Beginning with a complex systems approach, the authors develop a "model-based archaeology" that uses specific, generally quantitative models providing partial descriptions of socionatural systems of interest that are then examined against those systems. Taken together, the chapters in this volume constitute an argument for a new way of thinking about how archaeology is (and should be) conducted.

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Timothy A. Kohler is Regents Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. Mark D. Varien is Research and Education Chair at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

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What is striking in this particular volume is the sheer scale of the agent-based models deployed and of the teams that have built them, and the successful integration of a variety of evidence and of model types, reflecting more available data from the past natural environment and from past human activity, enhanced access to computation, wider acceptance of mathematical modelling as a standard, and significantly more developed understanding of complex systems….this volume documents solid progress and will surely stimulate more such work over the next and subsequent decades. --Jim Doran, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation Vol. 11 Issue 3, June 2008, Surrey, UK

This will be the book on the simulations of past social systems. The various chapters divide into exploratory efforts and incredibly detailed paleoenvironmental and social systems.... These studies involve the intimate participation of archaeologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, paleoclimatologists, evolutionary biologists, and computer modelers. --George Gumerman, Santa Fe Institute

The introductory chapter...provides an exceptionally clear and concise discussion of the theoretical underpinnings of this volume.... When coupled with the introductory chapter, the subsequent case studies make significant methodological contributions to the study of complexity and human-environment dynamics. --Journal of Anthropological Research, vol. 64, 2008

This will be the book on the simulations of past social systems. The various chapters divide into exploratory efforts and incredibly detailed paleoenvironmental and social systems.... These studies involve the intimate participation of archaeologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, paleoclimatologists, evolutionary biologists, and computer modelers. --George Gumerman, Santa Fe Institute

The introductory chapter...provides an exceptionally clear and concise discussion of the theoretical underpinnings of this volume.... When coupled with the introductory chapter, the subsequent case studies make significant methodological contributions to the study of complexity and human-environment dynamics. --Journal of Anthropological Research, vol. 64, 2008

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