Exploring spatial networks through ancient sources @Southampton

Hestia2 is pleased to announce a free one-day seminar at the University of Southampton on spatial network analysis in archaeology, history, cultural heritage and commercial archaeology. Spatial relationships are everywhere in our sources about the past: from the ancient roads that connect cities, or ancient authors mentioning political alliances between places, to the stratigraphic contexts archaeologists deal with in their fieldwork. However, as datasets about the past become increasingly large, these spatial networks become ever more difficult to disentangle. Network techniques allow us to address such spatial relationships explicitly and directly through network visualisation and analysis. This seminar aims to explore the potential of such innovative techniques for research, public engagement and commercial purposes.

11:00   Registration and coffee

11:30   Hestia team: Welcome and introduction

12:00   Maximilian Schich (The University of Texas at Dallas): Topography and Topology: Towards common ground in archaeological research

12:25   Alex Godden (Hampshire County Council): Historic Environment Records: New ways of looking for the past

12:50   John Goodwin (Ordnance Survey): Ordnance Survey and Linked Data

13:15   Discussion

13:35   Tea and coffee break

13:55   Terhi Nurmikko (University of Southampton): “To survey the land, he left his city” and other proverbs: Mapping ancient Mesopotamia from cuneiform inscriptions

14:20   Kate Byrne (University of Edinburgh): Geoparsing and spatial network analysis in the GAP projects

14:45   Giorgio Uboldi (Politecnico di Milano): Knot: an Interface for the Study of Social Networks in the Humanities

15:10   Discussion

15:35   Tea and coffee break

16:00   Keith May (English Heritage): Exploring the Use of Semantic Technologies for Cross-Search of Archaeological Grey Literature and Data

16:25   Paul Cripps (University of South Wales): GeoSemantic Technologies for Archaeological Resources

16.50   Wrap up

The Hestia2 seminar is free to attend but registration is required. Please follow the instructions on the Hestia2 Eventbrite page to obtain your ticket (no payment card needed).