This week, the proceedings of the LAC2014 conference have been published in Open Access at lac2014.proceedings.nl. It includes the papers of the session “Computational modeling in landscape archaeology: back to the drawing board?” organized and edited by Philip Verhagen, Marieka Brouwer Burg and Thomas G. Whitley. Two project-related papers can be found here: Simulating the Farm: Computational Modelling of Cattle and Sheep Herd Dynamics for the Analysis of Past Animal Husbandry Practices and Modelling the Dynamics of Demography in the Dutch Roman Limes Zone.
Last week, we also published a paper with Ivo Vossen in Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, on dealing with the chronological difficulties in our archaeological database. It is available in Open Access: Now you see them, now you don’t: Defining and using a flexible chronology of sites for spatial analysis of Roman settlement in the Dutch river area.
The project is now getting on its way to completion, and preliminary results will be made available over the next few months. Two more papers submitted to the LAC2014 conference proceedings on modelling animal husbandry and demography are scheduled to be published in April 2016. For now, we want to draw your attention to an overview lecture given by Philip Verhagen on Nov 10, and to the presentation given by Mark Groenhuijzen at the CAA-NL/FL conference on Oct 22 in Amsterdam on simulating local transport networks. We will also present the first results of the project for a Dutch audience at the Romeinensymposium on Dec 18 in Amsterdam.
The archaeological database is now completed. All in all, we have identified and checked more than 1500 Roman sites, of which some 1300 will be retained for site location analysis. We intend to publish a paper on the issue of database uncertainty in the course of 2016, and are looking into options of making the data publicly available after completion of the project.
Following the LAC2014 conference, the first paper coming out of the project on transport network modelling is now available online (and Open Access) in the eTopoi Journal for Ancient Studies: http://journal.topoi.org/index.php/etopoi/article/view/199.
At LAC2014 we have presented two papers: Mark Groenhuijzen spoke about “Exploring the dynamics of transport in the Dutch limes” in session 6, and Jamie Joyce presented the paper “Simulating the farm: a role for computational modeling of the agricultural economy of a landscape?” in session 12. The papers were received well, with Mark winning a third prize and Jamie an honourable mention for their talks!
We also presented a project poster, which can be viewed here.