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How do we avoid imposing the present on the past when modelling spatial interactions?

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Title: How do we avoid imposing the present on the past when modelling spatial interactions?
Authors: Rivers, R
Evans, T
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Theoretical archaeological modelling for describing spatial interactions often adopts contemporary socioeconomic ideas whose C20th language gets translated into historical behaviour with the simplest of lexicons. This can lead to the impression that the past is like the present. Our intention in this paper is that, when this happens, to strip out as much of the contemporary context as we can, to bring modelling back to basic epistemic propositions. We suggest that although the underlying ontology may be specific to contemporary society the epistemology has much greater generality, leading to essentially the same conclusions without the carapace of intricate economics.
Issue Date: 3-Dec-2020
Date of Acceptance: 30-Nov-2020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/85992
DOI: 10.4312/DP.47.26
ISSN: 1318-6701
Publisher: Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts
Start Page: 462
End Page: 475
Journal / Book Title: Documenta Praehistorica
Volume: 47
Issue: XLVII
Copyright Statement: © 2020 The Author(s).
Keywords: 2101 Archaeology
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2020-12-02
Appears in Collections:Physics
Theoretical Physics