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Simulating Prehistoric and Ancient Worlds

  • Juan A. Barceló
  • Florencia Del Castillo
  • 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


Part of the Computational Social Sciences book series (CSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Juan A. Barceló, Florencia Del Castillo
    Pages 1-140
  3. Joaquim Fort, Neus Isern, Antonieta Jerardino, Bernardo Rondelli
    Pages 189-197
  4. Yolande O’Brien, Stefan Bergh
    Pages 199-217
  5. Fumihiro Sakahira, Takao Terano
    Pages 281-310

About this book


This book presents a unique selection of fully reviewed, extended papers originally presented at the Social Simulation 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.


Agent-based modeling Computer simulation in sociology Historical cultural processes Historical sociology Modelling in social archaeology Multi-agent-based social simulation Social system by simulation Simulation in historical sociology Social evolution and cultural change Prehistory and origins of state

Editors and affiliations

  • Juan A. Barceló
    • 1
  • Florencia Del Castillo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PrehistoryUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterraSpain
  2. 2.Patagonia National Research Center (CENPAT) National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)Puerto MadrynArgentina

Bibliographic information


“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)