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Dearcolleagues,

I would like to inform you about a forthcoming session on complexity and pre-modern cities (see session description below) that will takeplace 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/)isOPEN and will remain open until 11:59 PM CET the 10th of October 2018(Wednesday).

Wewould be really happy to receive your abstract and see you in Krakow!

All thebest,

Theorganisers,

EleftheriaPaliou, Iza Romanowska, George Artopoulos

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S11Some of the major challenges in the study of ancient urbanismconcern change and evolution in cities and settlement structures. How didsocio-political organisations move from simple to complex? What triggers urbanismin human societies through time? How do settlements grow and regional centresemerge? How do cities define and transform the local ecosystems and vice versa?
The idea that cities are highly complex systems tied togetherthrough interactions between various factors was introduced in urban studiesand archaeology many years ago, but it is only in the last decade or so thatthere have been more consistent efforts to examine this complexity usingquantitative 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, urbangeography and network science. A number of computational tools and methods thathave been used by archaeologists fall under this emerging interdisciplinaryfield, but there are also numerous underused techniques that show highpotential for furthering our understanding of past cities.

This session invites papers that seek to examine past citiesand urban life as complex phenomena by applying computational methods, forexample:

* 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 studyinteractions, flows, urban dynamics, morphology and scaling. We also welcomepapers that use quantitative methods and spatial analysis to interpret urbandata, as well theoretical papers that discuss the prospects and challenges ofthe science of cities in archaeology.


Organisers:

·       Georgios Artopoulos, The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia,Cyprus

·       Eleftheria Paliou, University of Cologne

·       Iza Romanowska, Barcelona SupercomputingCenter

 
 


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