Session 12

If it fits, it sits: Challenges in Modelling Human Environmental Interactions

Conveners: Michael Kempf, Gerrit Günther, Steffen Strohm, Oliver Nakoinz

Corresponding Chair: k.A.


Recently, archaeology has witnessed increasing influence and new potentials of technologies, such as learning in agent-based models and more efficient quantitative analysis techniques of environmental data. These allow to include more diverse information and processing of larger amounts of data. However, different scales of feedbacks, links, and functionalities remain all too often unconsidered. Eventually, this increases the risk of hasty conclusions, environmental determinism, or socio-cultural overestimation. Environmental data processing demands more complex models and to resist the temptation to create universal models with low explanatory power.

In this session, we review current methodological approaches to environmental data integration into archaeological research. We want to focus on technical and quantitative concepts of spatial data analyses and transferability into broader geographical contexts. Where is the balance between too simple and too complicated models? What is a meaningful approach to effectively work with environmental parameters and how can we handle noise and uncertainty in the data?

We would like to particularly emphasize a transparent workflow to enable widespread application of reproducible model tools, which is in line with recent developments in research data management.

Contributions that explore various geographical and/or temporal scales as well as methodological approaches to the current state of computational archaeology are welcome.

Keywords: methodological approaches zo environmental data, spacial data analyses, geographical and temporal scales

Dr Piraye Hacıgüzeller, Assistant Professor (Digital Heritage and Metadata), Antwerp Cultural Heritage Sciences, University of Antwerp;
Dr Marc Vander Linden, Bournemouth University, Senior Lecturer in Archaeological/ (Palaeo)Environmental Modelling;

Decision of Evaluation Commitee: Accepted (Minor Changes)