Integrating Qualitative and Social Science Factors in Archaeological Modelling

  • Mehdi Saqalli
  • Marc Vander Linden

Part of the Computational Social Sciences book series (CSS)

Also part of the Simulating the Past book sub series (SIPA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Juan A. Barceló, Florencia Del Castillo, Laura Mameli, Franceso J. Miguel, Xavier Vilà
    Pages 55-89
  3. R. Alexander Bentley, Michael J. O’Brien
    Pages 91-108
  4. Florent Le Néchet, Christophe Coupé, Hélène Mathian, Lena Sanders
    Pages 109-135
  5. Francesco Carrer, Graeme Sarson, Andrew Baggaley, Anvar Shukurov, Diego E. Angelucci
    Pages 185-216
  6. Mehdi Saqalli, Marc Vander Linden
    Pages 217-223
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-231

About this book


This book covers the methodological, epistemological and practical issues of integrating qualitative and socio-anthropological factors into archaeological modeling. This text fills the gap between conceptual modeling (which usually relies on narratives describing the life of a past community) and formalized/computer-based modeling which are usually environmentally-determined. Methods combining both environmental and social issues through niche and agent-based modeling are presented. These methods help to translate data from paleo-environmental and archaeological society life cycles (such as climate and landscape changes) into the local spatial scale. 

The epistemological discussions will appeal to readers as well as the resilience socio-anthropological factors provide facing climatic fluctuations. Integrating Qualitative and Social Science Factors in Archaeological Modelling will appeal to students and researchers in the field.

  • Features the integration of socio-anthropological factors (such as inheritance or locality) into conceptual modeling;
  • Contains several examples of formalization case studies; each one describing a method dealing with socio-anthropological factors;
  • Includes an epistemological analysis of the way factors are integrated and/or formalized for reducing the gap between environmentally-deterministic and socio-anthropological-formalized modelling.


prehistoric societies and modeling agent based modeling and history socio-anthropological modeling dynamics in human and primate societies model-based archaeology ancestors and algorithms

Editors and affiliations

  • Mehdi Saqalli
    • 1
  • Marc Vander Linden
    • 2
  1. 1.UMR CNRS 5602 GEODEGéographie de l’Environnement Maison de la Recherche, Université Toulouse 2 Jean JaurèsToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of Cambridge CB2 3DzCambridgeUK

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