Call for papers

And another CAA is approaching! Deadline for paper abstracts: 28th of October



The next International conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA 2017 – will be held between March 14th and 16th, 2017 at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, USA.
We would like to draw your attention and invite you to submit your paper abstracts to the following session:
Title: Urbanism at the micro, meso and macro scales: Advances in computational and quantitative methods to study cities and their built environments
Organisers: Eleftheria Paliou, Adrian Chase

Over previous decades many advances in archaeology and contemporary urban geography have been made using computational and quantitative methods to study cities and their built environments at various stages of development. In recent years the proliferation of new approaches allowing for the documentation and analysis of built spaces have enabled the acquisition of large volumes of data on ancient settlements encouraging fresh lines of enquiry. Advances in data acquisition via geophysics and remote sensing methods have offered a more comprehensive picture of cities, towns, and villages in two, three, and sometimes four dimensions. These developments have contributed to better understanding of the form, size, and spatial configuration of past settlements, and have facilitated their interpretation through various forms of computational analysis. Methodologies such as Space Syntax, 2D and 3D GIS based analysis, spatial interaction models, network analysis, and urban scaling have been employed to explore socio-economic aspects of culturally diverse settlements at different spatial scales. These studies demonstrate the potential of computational methods to offer insights into the social organisation of past societies, often from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, as well as the challenges entailed in applying these methods to fragmented archaeological datasets. This session invites papers that discuss the use of computational methods for the acquisition and analysis of settlement data at the micro (building), meso (settlement) and macro (regional) scales. We especially welcome papers on the innovative applications of 2D and 3D spatial analyses to the built environment, works that adopt a comparative and diachronic perspective, and studies that seek to evaluate the theoretical contributions and challenges associated with the use of these computational approaches.

The call for papers and posters is now open and will remain open until 11:59 PM EDT the 28th of October (Friday). To submit your paper abstract please go to the OCS website to log-in.

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Call for papers: CAA 2015 session “Formal approaches to visibility analysis in ancient architectural spaces and cultural landscapes”


The next CAA International conference will take place in Siena, between March 30th and April 3rd 2015. As always, the CAA conference is expected to be an informative, stimulating, and entertaining not-to-be- missed event for all those interested in computer applications in archaeology.  The program features many great sessions focusing on a variety of different technologies. Among others a session on formal approaches to visibility analysis will be organised by Giacomo Landeschi and me. Anyone interested in this topic is very welcome to submit a paper by 20th of November:

Formal approaches to visibility analysis in ancient architectural spaces and cultural landscapes

Giacomo Landeschi, Eleftheria Paliou

Formal visibility methods have now a longstanding tradition in archaeological research, both at landscape and site scale. Such research approaches have been used so far to reproduce, simulate and analyze the visual experience of ancient spaces, providing an interpretative framework which allows archaeologists to detect symbolic meanings embodied in the material evidence of the past. Especially in recent years, advances in 3D visualization and GIS technology have permitted new strategies for investigating human perception and the spatial configuration of human visual space. These include methodologies of fully 3D GIS visual analysis, integrative approaches that combine the use of GIS and 3D modelling software, and 3D digital simulations of ancient environments. In parallel with the development of new 3D formal analytical methods, 2D techniques used mainly in modern architectural and urban studies, such as Space Syntax methods, have become increasingly more popular among archaeologists.

The proposed session aims at exploring these new developments by inviting papers on the application of 2D and 3D visibility analysis in architectural spaces and cultural landscapes. We especially encourage works concerned with the application of fully 3D GIS analysis that go beyond traditional viewshed applications, Space Syntax methods, and formal analyses of visibility in 3D and virtual environments. Emphasis should be given in the particular merits of 2D and 3D methods for specific case studies, the theoretical and methodological problems associated with the archaeological application of these techniques, as well as the challenges and potential future research directions in the field of formal visual analysis.

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A new free online course on Roman Archaeology and Digital Technologies

Registration for the free online course on the “Archaeology of Portus: exploring the lost harbour of Ancient Rome” is now open!

The online course is the new exciting project of the University of Southampton and promises to be a fascinating experience for those interested in Roman Archaeology and the application of digital technologies to the study of Roman sites.

More details you can find at the project’s  website.

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