Workshop PosterNetworks represent a broad umbrella for a number of approaches to the study of interaction, having acquired considerable importance in recent times. They are a powerful metaphor for understanding social interaction even when not explored through formal methods. Among the latter, two main types of approaches stand out: quantitative spatial modelling and social network analyses. The former refers to notions of geographic space as intended by a variety of disciplines including Landscape Archaeology and Geography, e.g. through GIS-based approaches; the latter relates to the analysis of social relations and their patterning with an emphasis on topology rather than physical space.

In this workshop, invited speakers will discuss and highlight the potential for integrating these research directions, with an aim to identify common grounds for developing new interdisciplinary insights. In particular, presentations will address the following points:

  • Conceptualisation of space, through the use of networks, both as a rigorous methodology and as a broader metaphor of human activity
  • Applications of Social Network Analysis
  • Examples of the use of geographic networks


14:00 - 14:30
14:30 - 14:45
Michael Meyer
14:45 - 15:00
Helen Dawson
Francesco Iacono
15:00 - 15:30
How Network Analysis Can Rewrite Our Past — in Archaeology, Genetics and Linguistics
David Beresford-Jones
Paul Heggarty
15:30 - 16:00
Theban witnesses and contractual networks
Silke Vanbeselaere
16:00 - 16:30
Why Rome and not Veii. Analysing Geographical Networks in Etruria and Latium between the Final Bronze Age and the Archaic Era
Francesca Fulminante
Alessandro Guidi
Sergi Lozano
Ignacio Morer
Luce Prignano
16:30 - 17:00
17:00 - 17:30
Coffee break
17:30 - 18:30
Social networks and geographic systems: models & hypothesis testing in archaeology and anthropology
John Edward Terrell
19:00 - 20:00
Wine reception
09:30 - 10:00
‘Interaction’ bridges social and geographical space - A Case study on integrated network studies from the Early Iron Age in South-West Germany
Oliver Nakoinz
10:00 - 10:30
The Mercator-e Project. A new diachronic analysis on historical transport infrastructures in the Iberian Peninsula
Pau de Soto
10:30 - 11:00
Joining the dots: Social approaches to networks in archaeology (with a case study from Bronze Age Southern Italy)
Francesco Iacono
11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 12:00
Building trust and maritime networks of the Roman Empire
Pascal Arnaud
12:00 - 12:30
Interaction and insularity in the Bronze Age central Mediterranean: A network approach
Helen Dawson
12:30 - 13:00
New Elites, Old Networks? A Case Study from Central Israel, the 7th-10th Centuries AD
Hagit Nol
13:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:00
Artefact-Networks in Eastern Central Europe at the Cusp of the High Middle Ages. Quantifying, Visualizing and Characterising Transregional Relations of Communication and Exchange
Donat Wehner
15:00 - 15:30
Cultural diversity as network structure: a multi-model analysis of New Guinean bone daggers
Mark Golitko
John Edward Terrell
James Zimmer-Dauphinee
15:30 - 16:00
Affective networks: Local geographies and the more- than-representational
Sarah De Nardi
16:00 - 16:30
16:30 - 17:00
Coffee break
17:00 - 18:00
General discussion & closing remarks
19:00 - 20:30
Conference dinner for speakers