European Association of Archaeologists (EAA 2018 Barcellona)

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Session: "In-Site and between Sites: Multi-scalar networks, flat ontologies and assemblages from social theory to formal analysis". The debate about scale is not new to archaeology. In addition recent perspectives in social theory have accounted new ways to explain the emergence of wholes form the interaction between the parts.
The conventional approach envisaged a two level approach (micro and macro) or a nested level series. The ontological turn and the introduction of the concept of assemblages (De Landa) suggests that at each scale the property of the whole emerge from the interaction between the parts and that even the simplest entities are themselves assemblages of some sort and both the individuals and the assemblages have an objective reality and even assemblages can be considered individuals in their own right.
Building on this Marston et al. ‘Human Geography without Scale’ suggest a redefinition of the concept of ‘site’ as a ‘emergent property of its interacting human and non human inhabitants’; in their opinion sites are entities that does not precede the connectivity that actualizes them within and between. This in turn is coherent with recent conceptualizations of networks as self-organised systems.
However the methodological, theoretical and practical issues of applying multi-scalar and multi-temporal networks especially to archaeological data have rarely been discussed. In this session we hope to bring together scholars with different specialism and different background to present similar applications and discuss their issues and potential.

Period8 Sept 2018
Event typeConference
LocationBarcellona, SpainShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Assemblages
  • Network Science
  • Multi-Scalar Analysis
  • Flat-Ontologies