Visualising Large-Scale Behaviours: Presenting 4D Data in Archaeology
Agent-based modelling (ABM) is an excellent technique for investigating certain types of complex behaviours. Archaeologists have started to explore the possibilities of ABM as a means of simulating the processes that shape past human societies, processes that can be hard to reconstruct by other means. However, the complex nature of these models and the four dimensional (4D) nature of the data they produce can be problematic to present via traditional archaeological means of publication such as journals and monographs. This article reviews the problems faced when presenting 4D data via 2D media and presents some ways in which the Medieval Warfare on the Grid project attempts to solve those problems.
KeywordsByzantine Military logistics 3D modelling Visualisation Agent-based modelling Archaeology
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