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Mathematical Modelling

Clive Orton

Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY, UK.

Cite this as: Orton, C. 2004 Mathematical Modelling, Internet Archaeology 15.


The field of mathematical modelling is long established in archaeology, and since the 1970s has been frequently associated with computing through the development of increasingly complex methodologies ranging from large-scale simulations to Bayesian statistics. This article looks at the background and use of these models, and asks why there has been an apparent downturn in their use. A distrinction between 'tactical' and 'strategic' models is drawn, and number of areas of future development identified.

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