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
Assistant Professor in Settlement Archaeology and Digital Archaeology

I am an archaeologist with a Ph.D. from University of Leuven, currently working as Assistant Professor at Middle East Technical Univesity. My research interests include social complexity, agent-based modeling and material studies.