News and Announcements

Issac Ullah accepts faculty position at San Diego State University

posted Apr 26, 2017, 10:31 PM by C Michael Barton

In July of 2016, Isaac Ullah, a MedLanD team member since the beginning of the project (GRA. Postdoc, and now senior personnel), began as Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and a member of the new Center for Climate and Sustainability Studies at San Diego State University.

Nicolaus Gauthier receives NCAR Fellowship

posted Apr 26, 2017, 10:24 PM by C Michael Barton   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 10:25 PM ]

Nicolaus Gauthier, MedLanD Graduate Research Associate, was awarded a 3 month fellowship to the Advance Study Program of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. As a graduate student in residence, this fellowship will support components of Nick's doctoral research related to climate modeling and give him advanced training in use of the large scale Community Earth Systems Model software. Gauthier will be in residence at NCAR during the summer of 2017.

Grant Snitker receives NSF award

posted Apr 26, 2017, 10:21 PM by C Michael Barton

Grant Snitker, MedLanD, Graduate Research Associate, received a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award for his doctoral project entitled The Role of Fire in Long Term Human Niche Construction. 11/28/2016.

MedLanD at the April 2017 annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology

posted Apr 26, 2017, 10:06 PM by C Michael Barton   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 10:08 PM ]

Papers by MedLanD team members

Sean Bergin, Salvador Pardo Gordó, Michael Barton, Joan Bernabeu Aubán and Nicolas Gauthier. Testing Social and Ecological Drivers for the Initial Spread of Agriculture on the Iberian Peninsula

Grant Snitker. Reconstructing Anthropogenic Fire Regimes Using Multidisciplinary Methods: Preliminary Results from the Neolithic (7,700–4,500 cal. BP) in Eastern Spain


Moderators: Isaac Ullah and Claudia Chang Participants:

Claudia Chang
J. Daniel Rogers
Bryan Hanks
Sean Bergin
Andreas Angourakis
Loukas Barton
Jed Kaplan
Stefani Crabtree
Isaac Ullah

MedLanD in the News Again

posted Jun 3, 2016, 1:55 PM by C Michael Barton

The May 2016 issue of ASU Magazine features a nice news article on the project. Here is the link:

MedLanD at the Society for American Archaeology - April 2016

posted Jun 3, 2016, 1:54 PM by C Michael Barton

MedLanD project doctoral students Sean Begin and Grant Snitker (Arizona State University) organized a symposium at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology on the topic of Human-Environmental Interactions in the Mediterranean Basin. This symposium featured presentation on the MedLanD project and other research on socioecological systems in this region of the world

Symposium Abstract
As a center of agricultural invention and a major route for the spread of early agriculture, the Mediterranean Basin has long been an area of research for those interested in the modification of the landscape by humans. Yet even before the arrival of agriculture, humans played an active role in transforming the Mediterranean Basin for millennia. Recent research challenges the notion of pristine, balanced, or stable social-ecological systems in the past by investigating 1) recursive relationships between humans and ecosystems, 2) humans as actors in complex, non-equilibrium systems influenced by a variety of human and non-human drivers, and 3) long-term social and ecological change. Because the Mediterranean Basin represents a diverse range of cultures, adaptations, and interactions, it serves as a useful laboratory for a wide range of techniques and regionally centered research. This session showcases multiple perspectives used to tease apart the impacts and repercussions that occur within the dialectic relationship between humans and their surroundings. Our efforts will focus upon new computation methods, including agent-based simulation, geographical information systems (GIS), network analysis, climate modeling, and the integration of these techniques to address questions centered in the Mediterranean Basin.

Symposium Participants and Presentations
Claudine Gravel-Miguel: Analyzing Magdalenian Social Networks in Their Environmental Context
Dario Guiducci: Reading the Landscape: A Model Of Environmental Legibility For Assessing Hominid Dispersals During The Late Pleistocene
Nicolas Gauthier: Agricultural Risk Management in Mediterranean Environments: A Computational Modeling Approach
Isaac Ullah: Traces of Complexity: Connecting Model Output with Archaeological Reality
Sean Bergin: Neolithic Spread Models, Agricultural Islands and Pivotal Parameters: Impressions Gleaned from Simulating the Spread of Agriculture in the West Mediterranean
Grant Snitker: Fire, Humans, and Landscape Evolution: Modeling Anthropogenic Fire and Neolithic Landscapes in the Western Mediterranean
Sergi Lozano, Luce Prignano, Magdalena Gómez-Puche and Javier Fernández- López de Pablo: Early Holocene Socio-Ecological Dynamics in the Iberian Peninsula: A Network Approach
Wendy Cegielski: Networks of Social Stability in the Mediterranean Bronze Age 4:30 

DiscussantsJavier Fernandez-Lopez De Pablo and John Robb

MedLanD in Turkey - March 2016

posted Jun 3, 2016, 12:52 PM by C Michael Barton   [ updated Jun 3, 2016, 1:47 PM ]

Bülent Arikan (Department of Ecology and Evolution, Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences, ITU) organized a conference at Istanbul Technical University on Modeling Socioecological Dynamics: Methods and Case Studies, March 14-15, 2016. Professor Arikan is using the MedLanD modeling laboratory software in a collaborative project to study anthropogenic impacts on landscapes of the upper Euphrates River drainage in southern Anatolia (Malatya Plain) in the vicinity of the large Bronze Age site of Arslantepe. Michael Barton and Isaac Ullah (ASU) gave presentations, along with participants from Istanbul Technical University, La Sapienza University, Yıldız Technical University, Boğaziçi University, Kadir Has University,  and Istanbul Bilgi University. 

MedLanD in the News - January 2016

posted Jun 3, 2016, 12:43 PM by C Michael Barton   [ updated Jun 3, 2016, 1:48 PM ]

ASU did a nice piece on the project in a press release for the paper published in Anthropocene (see papers section). The link is: 

Fieldwork - Fall 2015

posted Jun 3, 2016, 12:25 PM by C Michael Barton

Julien Riel-Salvatore (U. Montreal) directed fieldwork in valleys near Finale Ligure, Liguria, Italy in October 2015. The work involved archaeological survey and geoarchaeological reconnaissance. Isaac Ullah (ASU Postdoc) and students from U Montreal participated.

Fieldwork - Summer 2015

posted Jun 3, 2016, 12:06 PM by C Michael Barton   [ updated Jun 23, 2016, 3:36 PM ]

New fieldwork was done in the Canals de Navarrés valley, País Valenciano, Spain in May and June 2015. This work involved additional patch-based archaeological survey, geological mapping, and preliminary sediment sampling for charcoal, phytoliths, and isotopes. Work was co-directed by Joan Bernabeu (University of Valencia) and Michael Barton (Arizona State University). Participants included archaeologists Agustin Diez and Oreto Garcia (University of Valencia faculty); Sean Bergin, Wendy Cegielski, Grant Snitker, and Nari Miller (ASU graduate students); and Salvador Pardo and Irene Ésteban (UV and Autonomous University of Barcelona graduate student); and two volunteers.

IMG_0240.jpg: Collaborators Dr. Agustin Díez and Dr. Oreto García, U. Valencia
IMG_0279.jpg: Paleosol beneath terrace in Val de Navarrés, Valencia
IMG_0320.jpg: Almuerzo on the banks of the Rio de Bolbaite
IMG_0355.jpg: Field HQ at Casa la Jara in Navarrés, Valencia
IMG_0390.jpg: Visting rock art site of Cinque de la Ventana, near town of Dos Aguas, Valencia
IMG_0406.jpg: Project co-Director Dr. Joan Bernabeu, U. Valencia
IMG_0492.jpgcollecting sediment samples for phyIrene Esteban (Autonoma U. of Barcelona) and Grant Snitker (ASU)
IMG_5981.jpg: Survey in tera rossa soils

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