Network Analysis in Archaeology: New Approaches to Regional Interaction

Hardcover | May 11, 2013

EditorCarl Knappett

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While the study of networks has grown exponentially in the past decade and is now having an impact on how archaeologists study ancient societies, its emergence in the field has been dislocated. This volume provides a coherent framework on network analysis in current archaeological practice bypulling together its main themes and approaches to show how it is changing the way archaeologists face the key questions of regional interaction. Working with the term 'network' as a collection of nodes and links, as used in network science and social network analysis, it juxtaposes a range of case studies and investigates the positives and negatives of network analysis. With contributions by leading experts in the field, the volume covers abroad range: from Japan to America, from the Palaeolithic to the Precolumbian.

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While the study of networks has grown exponentially in the past decade and is now having an impact on how archaeologists study ancient societies, its emergence in the field has been dislocated. This volume provides a coherent framework on network analysis in current archaeological practice bypulling together its main themes and approac...

Professor Carl Knappett teaches in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto, where he is Walter Graham/ Homer Thompson Professor of Aegean Prehistory. His previous books include An Archaeology of Interaction: Network Perspectives on Material Culture and Society (2011), Thinking Through Material Culture: An Interdisciplinary ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pagesPublished:May 11, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of FiguresList of ContributorsPart I: Background1. Introduction: why networks? Carl Knappett2. John Edward Terrell: Social network analysis and the practice of history3. Leif Isaksen: 'O what a tangled web we weave' - towards a practice that does not deceivePart II: Sites and Settlements4. Soren Sindbaek: Broken links and black boxes: material affiliations and contextual network synthesis in the Viking world5. Jonathan B. Scholnick, Jessica L. Munson, and Martha J. Macri: Positioning power in a multi-relational framework: a social network analysis of Classic Maya political rhetoric6. What makes a site important? Centrality, gateways and gravity7. Koji Mizoguchi: Evolution of prestige good systems: an application of network analysis to the transformation of communication systems and their mediaPart III: Material Culture8. Barbara J. Mills, John M. Roberts, Jeffery J. Clark, William R. Haas Jr., Deborah Huntley, Matthew A. Peeples, Lewis Borck, Susan C. Ryan, Meaghan Trowbridge and Ronald L. Breiger: The dynamics of social networks in the Late Prehispanic U.S. Southwest9. Emma Blake: Social networks, path dependence, and the rise of ethnic groups in pre-Roman Italy10. Anna Collar: Re-thinking Jewish ethnicity through social network analysis11. Fiona Coward: Grounding the net: social networks, material culture and geography in the Epipalaeolithic and early Neolithic of the Near East (~21-6,000 cal BCE)12. S. Colby Phillips and Erik Gjesfjeld: Evaluating adaptive network strategies with geochemical sourcing data: a case study from the Kuril Islands13. Angus Mol and Jimmy Mans: Old boy networks in the indigenous CaribbeanPart IV14. Sander van der Leeuw: Archaeology, networks, information processing, and beyond