Brughmans, Tom, Isaksen, Leif and Earl, Graeme
Connecting the dots: an introduction to critical approaches in archaeological network analysis.
Zhou, M, Romanowska, Izabela, Wu, Z, Xu, P and Verhagen, Philip (eds.)
Revive the Past: Proceedings of the 39th Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology.
Revive the Past: 39th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
Amsterdam University Press.
This paper aims to provide a framework for the new critical approaches in archaeological network analysis presented in the CAA 2011 Data Analysis session. It will briefly introduce the history of two network traditions that have been highly influential in archaeology: social network analysis and complex networks in physics. A review of published archaeological and historical applications follows, illustrating that, although a wide range of applications already exists, archaeologists have still to explore its full potential as a research perspective. Some relevant papers presented at the Data Analysis session are briefly described and considered in order to add original and critical approaches to an already very diverse corpus. We will argue that an awareness of the dominant network traditions, their differences and how they have been applied by archaeologists, as well as a specifically archaeological critique of adopted techniques, is a necessity for future research agendas
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