Network Analysis in Archaeology

Network Analysis in Archaeology

Now published!

My own paper, Re-thinking Jewish ethnicity through social network analysis, explores how new ideas about Jewish ethnicity were spread through a newly-tightened strong-tie network. This is the abstract of the paper:

As a response to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and the subsequent cataclysms in Judaea and elsewhere in the Jewish Diaspora, Judaism itself underwent a series of reforms. This paper argues that these reforms (Rabbinic halakhah, standardised laws of moral behaviour) spread through the renewed strong-tie ethnic network of the Diaspora and can be seen epigraphically in the use of Hebrew names, references to the laws, and in the use of the Hebrew language itself. Visualising this process through the use of networks allows us to consider possible routes and mechanisms of information transmission.

Although the book is not exactly cheap at £75, it has some really exciting contents which I’m very much looking forward to reading…

Part I: Background
1: Introduction: why networks? Carl Knappett
2: John Edward Terrell: Social network analysis and the practice of history
3: Leif Isaksen: ‘O what a tangled web we weave’ – towards a practice that does not deceive
Part II: Sites and Settlements
4: Søren Sindbæk: Broken links and black boxes: material affiliations and contextual network synthesis in the Viking world
5: Jonathan B. Scholnick, Jessica L. Munson, and Martha J. Macri: Positioning power in a multi-relational framework: a social network analysis of Classic Maya political rhetoric
6: Ray Rivers, Carl Knappett and Tim Evans: What makes a site important? Centrality, gateways and gravity
7: Koji Mizoguchi: Evolution of prestige good systems: an application of network analysis to the transformation of communication systems and their media
Part III: Material Culture
8: Barbara J. Mills, John M. Roberts, Jeffery J. Clark, William R. Haas Jr., Deborah Huntley, Matthew A. Peeples, Lewis Borck, Susan C. Ryan, Meaghan Trowbridge and Ronald L. Breiger: The dynamics of social networks in the Late Prehispanic U.S. Southwest
9: Emma Blake: Social networks, path dependence, and the rise of ethnic groups in pre-Roman Italy
10: Anna Collar: Re-thinking Jewish ethnicity through social network analysis
11: Fiona Coward: Grounding the net: social networks, material culture and geography in the Epipalaeolithic and early Neolithic of the Near East (~21-6,000 cal BCE)
12: S. Colby Phillips and Erik Gjesfjeld: Evaluating adaptive network strategies with geochemical sourcing data: a case study from the Kuril Islands
13: Angus Mol and Jimmy Mans: Old boy networks in the indigenous Caribbean
Part IV
14: Sander van der Leeuw: Archaeology, networks, information processing, and beyond

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