Session: #663

Theme & Session Format

Theories and methods in archaeological sciences
Session format:
Discussion session: Personalised consulting to get the best of archaeologial data. We will set up meetings with an expert in data analysis / network science / agent-based modelling.

Title & Content

Archaeological Data Clinic.
Personalised consulting to get the best of your data.
In the ideal world we would all have enough time to learn statistics, data analysis, R, several foreign and ancient languages and to read the complete works by Foucault. In reality, most researchers artfully walk the thin line between knowing enough and bluffing. The aim of this workshop is to streamline the process by pairing archaeologists with data and computer science specialists.

If you have a dataset and no idea what to do with it...
if you think PCA/least cost paths / network analysis / agent-based modelling is the way forward for your project but you don’t know how to get started…
If you need a second opinion to ensure that what you’ve already done makes sense...

...then this drop-in clinic is for you.

Let us know about your case by submitting an abstract with the following information:
A few sentences project outline;
Type and amount of data;
Research question(s);
What type of analysis you’d like to perform? (if known).

We will set up a meeting with an expert in data analysis / network science / agent-based modelling. They will help you to query and wrangle your data, to analyse and visualise it and to guide you on the next steps. They may help you choose the right software or point you towards a study where similar problems have been solved. In a nutshell, they will save you a lot of time and frustration and make your research go further!
Computional Modelling, Statistics, Network Analysis
Session associated with MERC:
Session associated with CIfA:
Session associated with SAfA:


Main organiser:
Dr. Luce Prignano (Spain) 1,2
Dr. Iza Romanowska (Spain) 3
Dr. Sergi Lozano (Spain) 4
Dr. Francesca Fulminante (United Kingdom) 5,6,7
Dr. Rob Witcher (United Kingdom) 6
Dr. Tom Brughmans (United Kingdom) 8
1. University of Barcelona
2. UBICS (Universitat de Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems)
3. BSC (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
4. IPHES (Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social)
5. University Roma Tre
6. Durham University
7. Cambridge Univeristy
8. Oxford University