Computational Social Sciences

Simulating Prehistoric and Ancient Worlds

Editors: Barceló, Juan A., Del Castillo, Florencia (Eds.)

  • Includes an introductory chapter covering the complete field of computer simulations of past societies, with an exhaustive, commented list of applications, chronologically arranged from the Paleolithic until Modern societies
  • Numerous case studies that help the reader to understand this approach in a new and radical new way
  • Detailed presentations of computer models that help the reader to apply computer methods of social simulation to ongoing research projects in history, archaeology and anthropology
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This book presents a unique selection of fully reviewed, extended papers originally presented at the Social Simulation Conference 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Only papers on the simulation of historical processes have been selected, the aim being to present theories and methods of computer simulation that can be relevant to understanding the past. Applications range from the Paleolithic and the origins of social life up to the Roman Empire and Early Modern societies. Case studies from Europe, America, Africa and Asia have been selected for publication. The extensive introduction offers a thorough review of the computer simulation of social dynamics in past societies as a means of understanding human history. This book will be of great interest to researchers in the social sciences, archaeology, evolutionary anthropology, and social history.

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“It offers a synthesis of agent-based modeling to date, provides multiple well-developed case studies, and contributes to the literature on formal models in archaeology by demonstrating the utility of simulation. … From Barceló and del Castillo’s encyclopedic introduction, to each of the well-developed case studies, this volume adds to a growing field and will be useful for archaeologists and computer scientists interested in prehistory.” (Stefani Crabtree, JASSS The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Vol. 20 (2), March, 2017)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Simulating the Past for Understanding the Present. A Critical Review

    Barceló, Juan A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-140

  • Multi-scale Agent-Based Simulation of Long-Term Dispersal Processes: Towards a Sophisticated Simulation Model of Hominin Dispersal

    Timm, Ingo J. (et al.)

    Pages 141-157

  • An Agent-Based Model of Resource Distribution on Hunter-Gatherer Foraging Strategies: Clumped Habitats Favor Lower Mobility, but Result in Higher Foraging Returns

    Janssen, Marco A. (et al.)

    Pages 159-174

  • Testing Brantingham’s Neutral Model: The Effect of Spatial Clustering on Stone Raw Material Procurement

    Oestmo, Simen (et al.)

    Pages 175-188

  • Population Spread and Cultural Transmission in Neolithic Transitions

    Fort, Joaquim (et al.)

    Pages 189-197

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Simulating Prehistoric and Ancient Worlds
Editors
  • Juan A. Barceló
  • Florencia Del Castillo
Series Title
Computational Social Sciences
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-31481-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-31481-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-31479-2
Series ISSN
2509-9574
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 404
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations, 62 illustrations in colour
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