This multi-disciplinary, two-day workshop will focus on the topic of quantitative research in Archaeology, as represented by current computational and mathematical models and methods. Its emphasis will be  on the application of mathematical models with the aim of detecting and describing patterns and processes in large archaeological datasets. The workshops open format will foster an active, cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas, methods and results between the areas of Mathematics, Archaeology and all those disciplines that focus on the material evidence of past human societies. This workshop is funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin in the framework of the Einstein Center for Topic Development (Topical Development Laboratory) as part of the DFG Excellence Cluster MATH+.


Natasa Djurdjevac Conrad (ZIB), Benjamin Ducke (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut-DAI), Friederike Fless (DAI), Christof Schütte (ZIB/FU Berlin), Fleur Schweigart (ZIB/DAI)

Date and Venue

The workshop will take place on December 9-10, 2019 in the ZIB Seminar Room, Takustr. 7, 14195 Berlin.


Please register by sending an email to Natasa Conrad (natasa.conradzib.de).



Monday 9.12.2019
8:50-9:00 Welcome: Organizers
9:00-9:40 Iza Romanowska (Barcelona Supercomputing Center) 
               “Emergent community: who are agent-based modellers in Archaeology?”
9:40-10:20 Philip Verhagen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
                “It's not the model, it's the data. How computer models often fail to deliver archaeologists' expectations”
10:20-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:40 Tom Brughmans (University of Barcelona)
                  “MERCURY: agent-based network modelling for Roman economy studies”
11:40-12:20 Mark Lake (University College London)
                   “Exploring the deep history of regionality with percolation analysis”
12:20-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:40 Christof Schütte (Free University Berlin/Zuse Institute Berlin)
14:40-15:20 Tim Evans (Imperial College London)
                    “Was Thebes Really Necessary? Uncertainty in Spatial Modelling”
15:20-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:40 Natasa Djurdjevac Conrad (Zuse Institute Berlin)
                   “Mathematical models for innovation spreading in ancient world”
16:40-17:20 Fleur Schweigart and Benjamin Ducke (German Archaeological Institute/ZIB)
                   “Data-driven Modeling of the Romanization Process of Northern Africa”
19:00 Workshop Dinner

Tuesday 10.12.2019
9:00-9:40 Enrico Crema (University of Cambridge)
               “Synthetic Data, Uncertainty and Paleodemography”
9:40-10:20 Anrew Bevan (University College London)
                “Computational and comparative models, collegial and adversarial evidence”
10:20-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:40 Viviana Amati (ETH Zürich)
                   “The role of statistical network models in Archaeology”
11:40-12:20 Joan Negre (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
                   “Applications of cost-based spatial statistics in Archaeology”
12:20-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Small-group session
15:00-16:00 Plenary discussion
16:00 Closing