Simulating cultural transmission: preliminary results and their implications for the study of formal variability of material culture in the Central Balkan Neolithic

  • Marko Porčić Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
  • Miloš Nešić Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
Keywords: evolutionary archaeology, cultural transmission, archaeological culture, Neolithic, Balkans, simulation

Abstract

 In this paper, we adopt the theoretical framework of evolutionary archaeology in order to model and simulate cultural transmission between hypothetical Neolithic sites in Balkans. We simulate neutral cultural transmission in order to compare the simulation results with empirically observed patterns of material culture variability such as traditional archaeological cultures. Our preliminary results show that a series of random local interactions can result in spatial groupings of typologically similar assemblages that correspond to the spatial distributions of traditional archaeological cultures, even in the absence of any other ‘external’ factor such as an overarching regional political structure or shared collective identity.

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Author Biography

Marko Porčić, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
Department of Archaeology, Assistant Professor
Published
2014-12-30
How to Cite
Porčić, M., & Nešić, M. (2014). Simulating cultural transmission: preliminary results and their implications for the study of formal variability of material culture in the Central Balkan Neolithic. Documenta Praehistorica, 41, 137-148. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.41.8
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