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This volume provides a coherent framework on network analysis in current archaeological practice by pulling together its main themes and approaches to show how it is changing the way archaeologists face the key questions of regional interaction. Working with the term 'network' as a collection of nodes and links, as used in network science and social network analysis, it juxtaposes a range of case studies and investigates the positives andnegatives of network analysis. With contributions by leading experts in the field, the volume covers a broad range: from Japan to America, from the Palaeolithic to the Precolumbian.
Carl Knappett teaches in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto, where he is Walter Graham/Homer Thompson Professor of Aegean Prehistory. His previous books include An Archaeology of Interaction: Network Perspectives on Material Culture and Society (2011), Thinking Through Material Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, and Material Agency: Towards a Non-Anthropocentric Approach, the latter coedited with Lambros Malafouris.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Contributors
Part I: Background
1. Introduction: why networks? Carl Knappett
2. Social network analysis and the practice of history, John Edward Terrell
3. 'O what a tangled web we weave' - towards a practice that does not deceive, Leif Isaksen
Part II: Sites and Settlements
4. Broken links and black boxes: material affiliations and contextual network synthesis in the Viking world, Soren Sindbaek
5. Positioning power in a multi-relational framework: a social network analysis of Classic Maya political rhetoric, Jonathan B. Scholnick, Jessica L. Munson, and Martha J. Macri
6. What makes a site important? Centrality, gateways and gravity
7. Evolution of prestige good systems: an application of network analysis to the transformation of communication systems and their media, Koji Mizoguchi
Part III: Material Culture
8. The dynamics of social networks in the Late Prehispanic U.S. Southwest, Barbara J. Mills, John M. Roberts, Jeffery J. Clark, William R. Haas Jr., Deborah Huntley, Matthew A. Peeples, Lewis Borck, Susan C. Ryan, Meaghan Trowbridge and Ronald L. Breiger
9. Social networks, path dependence, and the rise of ethnic groups in pre-Roman Italy, Emma Blake
10. Re-thinking Jewish ethnicity through social network analysis, Anna Collar
11. Grounding the net: social networks, material culture and geography in the Epipalaeolithic and early Neolithic of the Near East (~21-6,000 cal BCE), Fiona Coward
12. Evaluating adaptive network strategies with geochemical sourcing data: a case study from the Kuril Islands, S. Colby Phillips and Erik Gjesfjeld
13. Old boy networks in the indigenous Caribbean, Angus Mol and Jimmy Mans
14. Archaeology, networks, information processing, and beyond, Sander van der Leeuw