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Mediterranean Landscape Dynamics Project


"Landuse and Landscape Socioecology in the Mediterranean Basin: A Natural Laboratory for the Study of the Long-Term Interaction of Human and Natural Systems."

This international, interdisciplinary research project models the long-term dynamics of human landuse and Mediterranean landscapes. Beginning in Fall 2004, modeling efforts have focued on eastern Spain and western Jordan, encompassing much of the range of environmental variability across the Mediterranean region.

The project examines long-term socioecological processes that shaped Mediterranean landscapes, from the beginning of farming to the beginning of complex civilization.


Contributors
Bergin, Sean M., Ullah, Isaac I. T., Mayer, G. R.
Created Date
2009
Contributors
McGraw, Maggie, Swantek, Laura Anne
Created Date
2009

The static, fragmentary archaeological record requires us to construct models of the human past. Traditionally, these have been narratives that make compelling stories but are difficult to evaluate. Recent advances in geospatial and agent-based modeling technology offers the potential to create quantitative models of human systems, but also challenge us to conceive of human societies in ways that can be expressed in algorithmic form. Besides making our own explanations more robust, integrating such quantitative modeling into archaeological practice can produce more useful accounts of human systems and their long-term dynamics for other disciplines and policy makers.

Contributors
Barton, C. Michael
Created Date
2009
Contributors
Miller, Alexandra, Barton, C. Michael, Schmich, Steven, et al.
Created Date
2008
Contributors
Soto-Berelov, Mariela, Fall, Patricia, Barton, C. Michael, et al.
Created Date
2007
Contributors
Mayer, G. R., Sarjoughian, H. S.
Created Date
2007
Contributors
Gundlach, K., Sarjoughian, H. S.
Created Date
2007
Contributors
Sarjoughian, H. S., Mayer, G. R., Allen, E. K.
Created Date
2006
Contributors
Allen, E. K., Falconer, Steven, Sarjoughian, H. S., et al.
Created Date
2006