Sunday, February 28, 2010

CAAUK 2010

About 10 days ago we (IoA UCL) hosted the UK Chapter or the Annual Conference on Computer and Quantitative Applications in Archaeology (CAAUK for friends). You can still visit the website here, and hopefully we'll post some video of talks...
I've been a couple of times to CAA International and this was my first time for the UK Chapter, and I have to admit, I really enjoyed the papers, the people and the overall mood.
I've also presented a paper titled : "Quantifying and Integrating Temporal Uncertainties in Archaeological Analysis: Methodological and Theoretical implications" which is basically following the line of my paper on Journal of Archaeological Science (which is by the way, finally in press with the corrected proof version here). This time, instead of focusing on the implications of temporal uncertainty in spatial analysis, I've made a step back and discussed about its implications in general terms by showing a very simple case study where the change in the number of pithouses over time was sought. In theory something very trivial, but in practice quite tricky, especially when you are not really sure about the dates of the pithouse construction. Anyway, I'm writing a paper on this so hopefully you can read more details about it soon.


Ok...So here we go. It's a bit difficult to start a blog so I'll start by introducing myself.
My name is Enrico Crema and I'm a PhD student at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. If you ignore my AA-like introduction and wish to know more about me, please visit my homepage here. My doctoral project seeks to study the evolution of prehistoric humter-gatherer settlement pattern in Jomon Japan, to do this I'm exploring a pretty wide range of fields and topics...To list, I'm interested in Spatial Analysis, Agent Based Modelling, Human Behavioral Ecology and Dual Inheritance Theory, and more in general everything about Evolution, Space and Human Behaviour (which is basically anything you can think about...)...Hope you enjoy as much as enjoy writing the posts.