Institute of Archaeology


Video: Demography, social transformation and woodland in the past

01 August 2024–13 September 2024, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

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Watch Jan Kolar's seminar on 'Demography, social transformation and woodland in the past.'

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Jan Kolar is a Research Fellow on the ERC-funded COREX project at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. His presentation was given as part of the UCL Institute of Archaeology Autumn Seminar Series 2023.


Recent developments in science, such as the emergence of big data, advancements in computation possibilities and an effective shift towards interdisciplinarity, or even transdisciplinarity, significantly transformed the current research practice. Nowadays, we can ask ourselves much more complex questions but what is more important, we can answer them. In my paper I will demonstrate how modelling approaches and the combination of big data from archaeology, palaeoecology and vegetation ecology can answer questions on settlement dynamics and its relation to prehistoric forests, how prehistoric human activities are or are not documented by pollen indicators and how the present plant biodiversity is rooted in the settlement patterns of prehistoric farmers.

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Watch more from the series: https://tinyurl.com/2023-seminars