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NETWORK SCIENCE IN ARCHAEOLOGY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Despite pioneering applications in the 1960s and 70s, Network Science has only become more commonly applied within the Historical and Archaeological disciplines in the last decade. The success of initiatives such as The Connected Past or the Historical Network Research Conferences testify to this increasing popularity. However, many challenges remain, and many archaeologists and historians remain unconvinced by the formal application of network science for the study of past societies. Undoubtedly, a number of issues and difficulties are particular to archaeology and history: the inability to directly observe/interview past societies, the need to use textual and material sources as proxies of past phenomena, and the challenge of dealing with particularly incomplete datasets. In this session we aim to discuss these and other specific issues and difficulties of applying network science in archaeology and history, and learn from successful as well as failed experiments in order to collaboratively work towards solutions to these issues. We welcome contributions from any geographical areas and historical periods, which discuss and illustrate the opportunities and challenges offered by Network Science in Archaeology. Papers can address but are not restricted to the following topics: • Spatial Networks; • Long-term perspectives and longitudinal networks; • Diffusion Networks; • Networks and technical innovation; • Trade and Exchange Networks; • Communication Networks; • Socio-Political Networks and Networks of Power.