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Department of Archaeology

 
When: 
Thursday, 3 March, 2022 - 17:00 to 18:00
Event speaker: 
Dr. Miljana Radivojevic (University College London) & Dr. Jelena Grujic (DataMinded)

The scientific pursuit in detecting similarity, whether in shared values and beliefs in modern humans, or in shared material traits of existence of past societies is where the fields of archaeological and complexity science cross paths. Recently, inferences about the connectedness of the concept of ‘archaeological culture’ and community structure in networks of copper supply in prehistoric Balkans (from c. 6200 to c. 3200 BC) were made in a publication by Radivojević and Grujić (2018). The distribution and dynamics of the resulting community structures showed significant correlation with the distribution and dynamics of traditional archaeological cultures, which were previously established through pottery typological evidence.

Here, we aim to test the outcome of this study by applying several modularity maximisation methodologies on the early Balkan metal dataset, draw attention to observed pitfalls and suggest optimal solutions for their future applications. Our results present a promising future for the community detection application on archaeological science data.

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Learn more about Miljana Radivojevic here.

Leran more about Jelena Grujic here.

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