Integrating Archaeological Theory and Predictive Modeling: a Live Report from the Scene

J.W.H.P. Verhagen, T.G. Whitley

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Abstract

Archaeological predictive modeling has been used successfully for over
20 years as a decision-making tool in cultural resources management. Its
appreciation in academic circles however has been mixed because of its perceived
theoretical poverty. In this paper, we discuss the issue of integrating current
archaeological theoretical approaches and predictive modeling. We suggest a
methodology for doing so based on cognitive archaeology, middle range theory,
and paleoeconomic modeling. We also discuss the problems associated with testing
predictive models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-52
Number of pages52
JournalJournal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Volume18
Early online date1 Feb 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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