Adaptive cycles in archaeology. Indicators of change and stability in socio-economic systems.

The adaptive cycle


In this chapter, I will evaluate the potential of adaptive cycles as a heuristic device to structure and interpret archaeological data, with the aim of understanding the nature, drivers and consequences of multi-dimensional, multi-scalar change over a long-term diachronic perspective covering the Iron Age to late Hellenistic period (10th to 1st c. BCE).

Book chapter. In: Once upon a river. Long-term change in social metabolism of the Aglasun valley.
Dries Daems
Dries Daems
Digital Archaeologist

I am an archaeologist with a Ph.D. from University of Leuven. My research interests include social complexity, urbanism, artisanal production, and human-environment interactions through computational modeling and pottery studies.