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Or, the role of agent based
                            modeling in historical
                                      archaeology


                                         Shawn Graham,
                                      Carleton University
                                        @electricarchaeo
“2”cc: t1ck, Flickr
“HUG?” cc, ~bassoonbuddy247, DeviantArt
Ein Augur erklärt Numa Pompilius nach dem Orakel des Vogelfluges zum
König, Radierung von Bernhard Rode 1768-69, Wikicommons
Saul and the Witch of Endor, William Mount, 1807-1868. Wikicommons.
„Classic Romero Zombies‟ Cc Pedro Vezini, Flickr
•Not useful for literate
                                               societies

                                               •Tautological

                                               •Not a very good analogy, is
                                               it?


Screencapture, Monty Python & The Holy Grail
http://wallpoper.com/wallpaper/pink-floyd-407858
   I‟m a one-man band.
   My models need to be simple
       in their aims
       in their outputs
http://www.digitalstudies.org/ojs
/index.php/digital_studies/article/
viewArticle/172




       …bit of garbage in there.
       It‟s actually „2‟.
Smaller, more constrained models
have bigger impacts

…at least in the humanities…




                           Roman Hispania, Road Network - Wikicommons
Hodder, Ian. Entangled: An
archaeology of the relationships
between humans and things. Wiley-
Blackwell 2012. Pg 181, Figure 9.2
Entanglements of clay at Catalhoyuk.
Difficulty of
                        teasing out the
                               key
                        relationships in
                            complex
                             models



                                                   Human-thing
Part of a
                                                   relationships
modular
                                                     infinitely
approach
                                                     extensible
                          ABM need
                          to be small
                         for historical
                         archaeology




       One issue, one
                                           resistance
          model
Shawn Graham,
Carleton University
@electricarchaeo

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