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Simulation as deformation

slides to accompany talk at the SAA annual meeting at Honolulu, on modeling coupled social-natural systems

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Simulation as deformation

  1. 1. Or, the role of agent based modeling in historical archaeology Shawn Graham, Carleton University @electricarchaeo“2”cc: t1ck, Flickr
  2. 2. “HUG?” cc, ~bassoonbuddy247, DeviantArt
  3. 3. Ein Augur erklärt Numa Pompilius nach dem Orakel des Vogelfluges zumKönig, Radierung von Bernhard Rode 1768-69, Wikicommons
  4. 4. Saul and the Witch of Endor, William Mount, 1807-1868. Wikicommons.
  5. 5. „Classic Romero Zombies‟ Cc Pedro Vezini, Flickr
  6. 6. •Not useful for literate societies •Tautological •Not a very good analogy, is it?Screencapture, Monty Python & The Holy Grail
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  8. 8.  I‟m a one-man band. My models need to be simple  in their aims  in their outputs
  9. 9. …bit of garbage in there. It‟s actually „2‟.
  10. 10. Smaller, more constrained modelshave bigger impacts…at least in the humanities… Roman Hispania, Road Network - Wikicommons
  11. 11. Hodder, Ian. Entangled: Anarchaeology of the relationshipsbetween humans and things. Wiley-Blackwell 2012. Pg 181, Figure 9.2Entanglements of clay at Catalhoyuk.
  12. 12. Difficulty of teasing out the key relationships in complex models Human-thingPart of a relationshipsmodular infinitelyapproach extensible ABM need to be small for historical archaeology One issue, one resistance model
  13. 13. Shawn Graham,Carleton University@electricarchaeo