Last 2022 GIAP Seminar: ‘Model-based Mediterraneans’

Join us in the last 2022 GIAP Seminar!

May 26th 2022, 18-19h CET

‘Model-based Mediterraneans’

Prof. Andrew Bevan
Professor of Spatial and Comparative Archaeology, University College London (UCL, UK)

Keywords: Computational models, spatial analysis, material culture, Mediterranean archaeology, human settlement, landscape ecology

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No registration required. Hosted in Microsoft Teams (no Microsoft/Teams account needed).


Even at a time when archaeology is almost everywhere awash in new evidence, the Mediterranean still boasts one of the most densely explored and intriguing records in the world. Whether we are referring to its anthropogenic landscapes, its political structures, its various affordances for food security or its many artefact traditions, Mediterranean life exhibits fascinating swings between connection and fragmentation, abundance and scarcity, opportunity and isolation, perhaps even between utopia and dystopia. In academic terms, these extremes have been matched by a healthy to-and-fro between minute attention to the detail of Mediterranean evidence on the one hand, and more sweeping synthetic statements on the other, both over time and space. Against this background, making and breaking ‘models’ of the Mediterranean — computational or theoretical, simple or complex — are a key means by which we navigate the complexities of regional human history. This paper both offers an overview of model-based approaches to the Middle Sea and proposes some particularly exciting agendas.

About Prof. Bevan:

Andrew Bevan a teacher and researcher at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, UK. His personal research interests cluster at the intersection of traditional subjects such as archaeology, history, geography and anthropology, while these interests have often been addressed via the flexibility and formality that computing affords, and with a particular focus on early societies across the Mediterranean and Eurasia.

Leaflet’s background picture by Andrew Bevan (pottery flask courtesy of Dennis Graen and Friedrich-Schiller-Universität)

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