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

Ray J. Rivers, Tim S. Evans
2020 Documenta Praehistorica  
Theoretical archaeological modelling for describing spatial interactions often adopts contemporary socioeconomic ideas whose 20th-century 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, we 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
more » ... ough 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.
doi:10.4312/dp.47.26 fatcat:6nm6gz3x6rbtncmjphrvikbxby