To boldly go where no one has gone before: integrating social factors in site location analysis and predictive modelling, the hierarchical types map

Antonin Nüsslein, Laure Nuninger, J.W.H.P. Verhagen

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Abstract

Over the years, predictive modelling has been characterized as being environmentally deterministic, a-temporal, or even as a way of ‘effectively de-humanising the past’. Over the past ten years, however, spatial analysis of settlement patterns has progressed substantially, paying much more attention to the role of socio-cultural factors and the analysis of settlement pattern dynamics. In this paper, we will present an approach to site location analysis and predictive modelling that can be characterized as essentially data driven, yet is very much theoretically informed, and which has focused primarily on facilitating comparisons between various chrono-cultural contexts. Our experiments, that have been carried out since 2010, have mainly used data from the Roman period in various regions of France, but the general ideas and workflow can easily be transferred to other settings. To enrich the approach new developments were tested to understand the role of settlement hierarchy and its influence on the subsequent development and structuring of settlement patterns. These new developments were applied to three case study carried out in the north-east of France.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Archaeologies, Material Worlds (Past and Present)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 45[th] Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
EditorsJeffrey B. Glover, Jessica Moss, Dominique Rissolo
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherTübingen University Press
Pages15-31
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783947251155
ISBN (Print)9783947251148
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2020
EventCAA2017 - 45th Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology - Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: 14 Mar 201716 Mar 2017
Conference number: 45th
https://2017.caaconference.org/

Conference

ConferenceCAA2017 - 45th Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
Abbreviated titleCAA
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period14/03/1716/03/17
Internet address

Keywords

  • site location analysis
  • predictive modelling
  • socio-cultural factors
  • temporal factors
  • Roman period

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