PaleoMaps 2019 Workshop


We invite you to participate in the PaleoMaps 2019 workshop on September 23rd and 24th at the Institute of Geography of the University of Cologne.

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Environmentally explicit modeling applications are becoming more and more established in the archaeological and pre-history domain. The variety in different modeling applications is broad, techniques like Agent Based Modeling, Species Distribution Modeling, Site Catchment Analysis and Least Cost Pathes, Network Analysis, Dispersal models with differing methodological approaches, Machine Learning approaches, etc., are applied manifold nowadays.

All these model have in common, that they depend to a varying degree on some explicit model (or map) of a paleoenvironment. For implementing spatially explicit models we need according paleoenvironment data that represents the spatio-temporal context of the modeling application. But this aspect is often just some minor side note in published archaeological modeling studies. This workshop aims to focus on the representation of paleoenvironments in these modeling applications.

The detailed program can be found here:

The first day of the workshop will deal with the question of how to compile spatio-temporal data sets, that can be applied in modeling applications such as agent based models, species distribution models or other modeling applications within the paleoenvironment and archaeological domain. The workshop will start with an introductory presentation, laying out the current lack of, and potential approaches for a framework, that allows to collect and create geospatial information describing paleoenvironments, that can be used by archaeological modeling applications. This will be followed by the invited talks addressing specific aspects of how to acquire, model and implement paleoenvironment data sets. The workshop will close with an open discussion by all participants to think about further directions, projects and ideas to support research on spatially explicit paleoenvironment models and maps.

We will have about 40 seats additional to the speakers, for anyone interested in participation in the workshop. Please RSVP under the following URL, so we can manage the according seating space.

Registration form: RSVP here

For any questions about this workshop, please contact Christian Willmes (c.willmes'at'

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