Simulating Change

Archaeology Into the Twenty-first Century

Simulating Change explores the history, the state of the art, and the controversies in the use of computer simulation in archaeology. Thanks to contributions from archaeological simulation pioneers such as Martin Wobst, the work of established veterans of the field like Mark Aldenderfer and the work of innovative young scholars like Luke Premo, this collection addresses some of the main theoretical issues in archaeological simulation. It leads the reader through a reflection on the use of simulation and presents some cutting-edge applications. Far from the usual collection of case studies, Simulating Change focuses on the history, theory, and challenges of computer simulation as told by the main protagonists. The volume will be required reading for anyone interested in how computer simulation affects the investigation of past human societies.

Andre Costopoulos is an associate professor of anthropology and associate dean of Student Affairs at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Mark W. Lake is a senior lecturer at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology and Degree Program Coordinator for the M.Sc. in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology.

Table of Contents:

List of Figures
1. Introduction, Andre Costopoulos and Mark W. Lake
2. Discussant’s Comments, Computer Simulation Symposium, Society for American Archaeology, H. Martin Wobst
3. The Uncertain Future of Simulating the Past, Mark W. Lake
4. For a Theory of Archaeological Simulation, Andre Costopoulos
5. Equifinality and Explanation: Thoughts on the Role of Agent-Based Modeling in Postpositivist Archaeology, L. S. Premo
6. Agent-Based Modeling of Early Cultural Evolution, Robert G. Reynolds, Robert Whallon, Mostafa Z. Ali, and Behnooshi M. Zadegan
7. Seeing and Knowing: On the Convergence of Archaeological Simulation and Visualization, Mark Aldenderfer


Praise and Reviews:

"A significant new work that is exciting and timely. Their purpose is to give a history and to review and critique early approaches to simulation studies in archaeology, discuss and present approaches common to its current state, and to suggest directions in which it should go."—Kenneth L Kvamme, University of Arkansas

"Thought-provoking.... interesting and insightful."—Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation