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sotonDH small grant: Introducing ‘A Connected Island?’: how the Iron Curtain affected Archaeologists

After the Second World War the Iron Curtain sliced through the very centre of Europe forming a very real divide in both political and daily lives. In the second half of the 20th century the Soviet regime introduced a new structure to the academic institutions to countries like Poland, Hungary and former Czechoslovakia, including restrictions on contacts with the Western world and ideological pressure previously unknown in these parts of Europe. Continue reading →

Connected Past videos online now

Two months ago members of SotonDH organised a conference about networks in archaeology and history, called The Connected Past. The event was great (or at least that is how we experienced it). But if you were not able to be there you will be happy to know that the recorded talks are now available online. The recorded talks are illustrative of the wide range of topics by scholars from an equally diverse range of disciplines. Continue reading →

An overview of The Connected Past

Over the weekend of 24-25 March 2012 a group of 150 archaeologists, historians, mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists and others from 19 different countries met at The University of Southampton. Their objective: to discuss the critical application of network and complexity perspectives to archaeology and history. Continue reading →

Complex Networks in Archaeology

The vast, interrelated nature of archaeological data attests to our complex human past and present.  Evidence of the relationships between people and things are key tools in the analysis of past human movements and networks, and can be used to see beyond traditional archaeological narratives. For example, consider an amphora that was produced by potters in a workshop in the south of Spain—then transported by ship to the capital of Rome, and finally discarded after use. Continue reading →

'A Small Greek World' by |rad Malkin

Irad Malkin's new book 'A small Greek world: networks in the Ancient Mediterranean' has just appeared with Oxford University Press. Looks like a fascinating read, seeing Ancient Greek history through network goggles. Visit the publisher’s webpage to order. Irad Malkin will visit Southampton in March for The Connected Past symposium. Here is the book's summary: Greek civilization and identity crystallized not when Greeks were close together but when they came to be far apart. Continue reading →