The Connected Past: Challenges to Network Studies in Archaeology and History: OUT NOW


So excited to have a copy of our new book, The Connected Past: Challenges to Network Studies in Archaeology and History, freshly delivered from Oxford University Press!It’s available to buy from the 3rd March. We’ll be blogging about it in various places, including on Tom’s blog, The Connected Past’s official website and for OUP.

It’s an excellent and diverse collection of articles specifically dealing with the challenges faced by archaeologists and historians in using network analytical methods, and also the ways in which we as archaeologists and historians are challenging network analysis methods, theories and models.

Part I: Challenging Network Methods and Theories
1: Tom Brughmans, Anna Collar, Fiona Coward: Introduction: Challenging Network Perspectives on the Past
2: Carl Knappett: Networks in Archaeology: Between Scientific Method and Humanistic Metaphor
3: Astrid Van Oyen: Networks or Work-Nets? Actor-Network Theory and Multiple Social Topologies in the Production of Roman Terra Sigillata
Part II: Challenging Network Analysis of Archaeological and Historical Data
4: Matthew A. Peeples, Barbara J. Mills, W. Randall Haas, Jr., Jeffery J. Clark, and John M. Roberts, Jr.: Analytical Challenges for the Application of Social Network Analysis in Archaeology
5: Marten Düring: How Reliable are Centrality Measures for Data Collected from Fragmentary and Heterogeneous Historical Sources? A Case Study
6: Constantinos Tsirogiannis and Christos Tsirogiannis: Uncovering the Hidden Routes: Algorithms for Identifying Paths and Missing Links in Trade Networks
Part III: Challenging Network Models
7: Ray Rivers: Can Archaeological Models Always Fulfil our Prejudices?
8: Tim Evans: Which Network Model Should I Use? Towards a Quantitative Comparison of Spatial Network Models in Archaeology
9: Anne Kandler and Fabio Caccioli: Networks, Homophily, and the Spread of Innovations


Special Issue of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

I and my Connected Past colleagues, Tom Brughmans, Fiona Coward, and Barbara Mills, have recently edited a special issue of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. This fantastic issue is entitled: The Connected Past: critical and innovative approaches to networks in archaeology (vol. 22, issue 1, March 2015), and includes papers by Lewis Borck et al, Stefani Crabtree, Erik Gjesfjeld, Mark Golitko and Gary Feinman, Shawn Graham and Scott Weingart, Angus Mol et al, Tom Brughmans et al, Per Östborn and Henrik Gerding, and our own introductory article, available for FREE DOWNLOAD, Networks in Archaeology: Phenomena, Abstraction, Representation. You can read more and download articles from the following link:

The Connected Past London 2014 – CFP

The call for papers for the next event in the Connected Past series is now open.

This event will take place at Imperial College London on the 8th and 9th September 2014. It is a one and a half day multi-disciplinary meeting to explore how concepts and techniques from network- and complexity science can be used to study archaeological data. These challenges include the use of material data as proxy evidence for past human behaviour, questions about long-term processes of social change, and the fragmentary nature of archaeological data. We aim to bring together physical scientists and archaeologists in order to highlight the challenges posed by archaeological data and research questions, and explore collaborative ways of tackling them using perspectives drawn from network and complexity science.

We are looking for 20 to 30 minute contributions and are inviting researchers from any relevant field to submit a one page abstract in pdf format. The abstract should contain the title, name of proposed speaker and names of any additional authors and their associated institutions, along with a brief abstract (200-500 words). Any additional information (figure, links, bibliography, etc.) may be included within the one page limit. This should be sent to:

Submission deadline: 20th June 2014

Decisions announced: 4th July 2014

You can download the full details here: ConPastLon2014CallForPapers-1

A new job in Denmark

I’m absolutely delighted to be writing this from Aarhus, Denmark, where I have recently moved with my family to take up a position as Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology in the Department of Classical Archaeology at the University here. For the next three years, I’ll be working on my next research project, The Gods in Motion: Syria, Migration, and the New Religions of the Roman Empire, as part of Troels Myrup Kristensen’s broader research project, funded by the Danish research council, the Emergence of Sacred Travel: Experience, Economy and Connectivity in Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage.

There’s loads going on and I’m very excited to be part of what is already a fantastic project!

Networks in the Roman Near East – PhD studentships

My colleague Eivind Heldaas Seland at Bergen has a couple of funded PhD studentships available in his department – and anyone wanting to attach themselves to his great project, Networks in the Roman Near East, would be welcome to apply… see below.

Networks in the Roman Near East

My colleague, Eivind Heldaas Seland, of Bergen University in Norway, has recently started a new blog, Networks in the Roman Near East.

His research project, running for the next three years, investigates the resilient everyday ties, such as trade, religion and power, connecting people within and across fluctuating imperial borders in the Near East in the Roman Period. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway’s SAMKUL initiative, and hosted by the Department of archaeology, history, cultural studies and religion, University of Bergen, Norway.