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Mark Lake

Research Interests

I am actively engaged in the development and use of quantitative and computational methods for studying the past, especially agent-based computer simulation and geographical information systems. I have used these techniques to study the evolutionary origins of cultural transmission, Mesolithic settlement strategies in Scotland and the spread of farming in Neolithic Europe. I also have a long standing interest in the problem of memes and the manner in which human innovation explores design space. Further information (and software) is available on my personal web pages.

For information about my AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity projects, see my profile on the AHRC CECD website.

Research Directory Records

Visiting Lecturer

  • School of Archaeology, University of Siena, 2006
  • Dept. of Archaeology, Göteborg University. 2005

Educational Background

  • 1991: University of Cambridge, BA
  • 1995: University of Cambridge, PhD
  • Lake, M W, 2013. Trends in Archaeological Simulation. Journal of Archaeological Method and TheoryDOI 10.1007/s10816-013-9188-1.
  • Lake, M W and Ortega, D A, 2013. Compute-intensive GIS visibility analysis of the settings of prehistoric stone circles. pp213-242 in A Bevan & M W Lake (eds) Computational Approaches to Archaeological Spaces, Walnut Creek, CA, Left Coast Press.
  • Bevan, A and Lake, M W (eds.), 2013. Computational Approaches to Archaeological Spaces, Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
  • Lake, M W and Crema E R, 2012. The Cultural Evolution of Adaptive-Trait Diversity when Resources are Uncertain and Finite. Advances in Complex Systems, 15: 1150013-1-1150013-19.
  • Lake, M W, 2012. Open Archaeology. World Archaeology, 44: 471-478. DOI 471-478. 10.1080/00438243.2012.748521.
  • Lake, M W, 2010. The Uncertain Future of Simulating the Past. pp.12-20 in A Costopoulos and M W Lake (eds) Simulating Change: Archaeology Into the Twenty-First Century, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
  • Costopoulos, A and Lake, M W, 2010. Simulating Change: Archaeology Into the Twenty-First Century. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
  • Crema, E R, Bevan, A and Lake, M W, 2010. A Probabilistic Framework for Assessing Spatio-Temporal Point Patterns in the Archaeological Record. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37: 1118-1130.
  • Lake, M W and Venti, J, 2009. Quantitative Analysis of Macroevolutionary Patterning in Technological Evolution: Bicycle Design from 1800 to 2000. pp147-174 in S J Shennan (ed.) Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution, London: University of California Press.
  • Lake, M W, 2008. Interpreting the Record / Computer Simulation Modeling. In D Pearsall (ed.) Encyclopedia of Archaeology, Amsterdam: Elsevier/Academic Press.
  • Lake, M W, (ed.) 2007. Viewing Space. World Archaeology, 39 (theme issue).
  • Lake, M W, 2007. Viewing Space. World Archaeology, 39:1-3.
  • Lake, M W, 2007. Whither Processulism? (Review Article). Antiquity, 81:208-210.
  • Conolly, J and Lake M, 2006. Geographical Information Systems
    in Archaeology
    . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bentley, R A, Lake M W and Shennan, S J, 2005. Specialisation and wealth inequality in a model of a clustered economic network.Journal of Archaeological Science, 32: 1346-1356.
  • Lake, M W, 2004. Being in a Simulacrum: Electronic Agency. pp.191-209 in A.Gardner (ed.), Agency Uncovered, London: UCL Press.
  • Lake, M W and Woodman, P E, 2003. Visibility studies in archaeology: A review and case study. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 30:689-707.
  • Lake, M W, 2001. Numerical Modelling in Archaeology. pp.23-732 in D R Brothwell & AM Pollard (eds), Handbook of Archaeological Sciences, John Wiley & Sons.
  • Lake, M W, 2001. The Use of Pedestrian Modelling in Archaeology, with an Example from the Study of Cultural Learning. Environment and Planning B: Planning
    and Design
    28, 385-403.
  • Lake, M W, 2000. Computer Simulation of Mesolithic Foraging. pp.107-143 inG Gumerman & T Kohler (eds), Dynamics in Human and Primate Societies:
    Agent-Based Modeling of Social and Spatial Processes
    , New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Lake, M W, 2000. MAGICAL Computer Simulation of Mesolithic Foraging on Islay.pp.465-495 in S J Mithen (ed), Hunter-Gatherer Landscape Archaeology: The
    Southern Hebrides Mesolithic Project, 1988--98 The McDonald Institute for Archaeological
    Research, Cambridge 2: Archaeological Fieldwork on Colonsay, Computer Modelling,
    Experimental Archaeology, and Final Interpretations
    , Cambridge: The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
  • Lake, M W, 1998 Digging for Memes: the role of material objects in cultural evolution, in C Renfrew & C Scarre (eds). Cognition and Material Culture:
    the Archaeology of Symbolic Storage
    . Cambridge: The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
  • Lake, M W, 1998. Homo: the Creative Genus? in S J Mithen (ed). Creativity
    in Human Evolution and Prehistory
    . London: Routledge.
  • Lake, M W, Woodman, P E & Mithen, S J, 1998. Tailoring GIS Software for Archaeological Applications: an example concerning viewshed analysis. Journal
    of Archaeological Science
    25, 27-38
  • Lake, M W, 1997. Darwinian Archaeology: an `Ism' for Our Times? (review article),Antiquity 71, 1086-8.
  • Lake, M W, 1996. Archaeological Inference and the Explanation of Hominid Evolution.pp. 184-206 in J Steele & S Shennan (eds), The Archaeology of Human
    Ancestry: power, sex and tradition
    , London: Routledge.

Current Students

  • Katarzyna Bronk-Zaborowska GIS approaches to cultural heritage management: a case study from Poland. (second supervisor Tim Williams)
  • Damon Ortega Stone circles as societal metaphors: a multi-scaled approach to modelling hierarchal and social change in the later Neolithic and early Bronze ages using the stone circules of Britain (second supervisor Mike Parker Pearson)

Recently completed students

  • Michael Shapland Towers of lordship: Tower-Nave churches in society and landscape of Early Medieval England (principal supervisor Andrew Reynolds)
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