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Modelling complex systems in Archaeology: general issues and first insights from the ModelAnSet project

Abstract : Complexity theory provides useful concepts for archaeological issues related to the understanding of past societies and their environment. More specifically, Agent-Based Modelling is a relevant tool to explore scenarios and to test hypotheses about the impacts of complex socioenvironmental interactions on the transformations of ancient settlement systems evident in archaeological records. After a short historiography of complex systems modelling in Archaeology, this paper focus on the mains issues of archaeological simulation models. As a case study, we briefly present the model under development within the ModelAnSet project supported by UCAJEDI Complex Systems Academy of Excellence. Agent-Based Modelling is used to explore the respective impacts of environmental and social factors on the settlement pattern and dynamics during the Roman period in South-Eastern France.
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Frédérique Bertoncello, Marie-Jeanne Ouriachi, Célia da Costa Pereira, Andrea Tettamanzi, Louise Purdue, et al.. Modelling complex systems in Archaeology: general issues and first insights from the ModelAnSet project. Complex Systems Academy of Excellence, Nice, 2018, M. Argentina; S. Barland; P. Reynaud-Bouret; F. Cauneau; K. Guillouzouic; U. Kuhl; T. Passot; F. Planchon, Jan 2018, Nice, France. pp.145-154. ⟨hal-02014645⟩



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