This volume of original chapters written by experts in the field offers a snapshot of how historical built spaces, past cultural landscapes, and archaeological distributions are currently being explored through computational social science. It focuses on the continuing importance of spatial and spatio-temporal pattern recognition in the archaeological record, considers more wholly model-based approaches that fix ideas and build theory, and addresses those applications where situated human experience and perception are a core interest. Reflecting the changes in computational technology over the past decade, the authors bring in examples from historic and prehistoric sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas to demonstrate the variety of applications available to the contemporary researcher.

chapter 1|10 pages

Introduction, Andrew Bevan and Mark Lake

chapter 4|30 pages

An Introduction to Integrative Distance Analysis (IDA),

ByTerence Clark

chapter 5|28 pages

Network Models and Archaeological Spaces, Ray Rivers,

ByCarl Knappett, Timothy Evans

chapter 8|34 pages

The Potential and Limits of Optimal Path Analysis,

ByIrmela Herzog

chapter 9|30 pages

Compute-Intensive GIS Visibility Analysis of the Settings of Prehistoric Stone Circles

ByPrehistoric Stone Circles, Mark Lake, Damon Ortega

chapter 11|42 pages

Formal and Informal Analysis of Rendered Space: The Basilica Portuense

ByPortuense, Graeme Earl, Vito Porcelli, Constantinos Papadopoulos, Gareth Beale, Matthew Harrison, Hembo Pagi, and Simon Keay

chapter 12|12 pages

Reproducible Data Analysis and the Open Source Paradigm in Archaeology

ByArchaeology, Benjamin Ducke