I would like to inform you about a forthcoming session on complexity and pre-modern cities (see session description below) that will take
place at CAA 2019, Krakow (Poland), 23-27 April, (https://2019.caaconference.org/). The call for papers and posters (https://2019.caaconference.org/call-for-papers/)is
OPEN and will remain open until 11:59 PM CET the 10th of October 2018
would be really happy to receive your abstract and see you in Krakow!
Paliou, Iza Romanowska, George Artopoulos
Some of the major challenges in the study of ancient urbanism
concern change and evolution in cities and settlement structures. How did
socio-political organisations move from simple to complex? What triggers urbanism
in human societies through time? How do settlements grow and regional centres
emerge? How do cities define and transform the local ecosystems and vice versa?
The idea that cities are highly complex systems tied together
through interactions between various factors was introduced in urban studies
and archaeology many years ago, but it is only in the last decade or so that
there have been more consistent efforts to examine this complexity using
quantitative and computational tools - the so-called “new science of cities”.
This new synthesis of urban studies builds strongly on complexity science,
social physics, urban economics, transportation theory, regional science, urban
geography and network science. A number of computational tools and methods that
have been used by archaeologists fall under this emerging interdisciplinary
field, but there are also numerous underused techniques that show high
potential for furthering our understanding of past cities.
This session invites papers that seek to examine past cities
and urban life as complex phenomena by applying computational methods, for
* spatial interaction models;
* settlement scaling;
* space syntax;
* transportation network analysis;
* pedestrian simulation;
* analysis of urban morphology (fractals);
* agent-based modelling.
Or any other digital techniques designed to study
interactions, flows, urban dynamics, morphology and scaling. We also welcome
papers that use quantitative methods and spatial analysis to interpret urban
data, as well theoretical papers that discuss the prospects and challenges of
the science of cities in archaeology.
Georgios Artopoulos, The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia,
Eleftheria Paliou, University of Cologne
Iza Romanowska, Barcelona Supercomputing